Types of Insomnia

Insomnia can be acute (short-term) or chronic (ongoing).

Acute insomnia is common and often is brought on by situations such as stress at work, family pressures, or a traumatic event. Acute insomnia lasts for days or weeks. Chronic insomnia lasts for a month or longer.

Diagnosis, signs, and symptoms

Your doctor will likely diagnose insomnia based on your medical and sleep histories and a physical exam.

To find out what's causing your insomnia, your doctor may ask whether you:
Have any new or ongoing health problems?
Have painful injuries or health conditions, such as arthritis?
Take any medicines, either over-the-counter or prescription?
Have symptoms or a history of depression, anxiety, or psychosis?
Are coping with highly stressful life events, such as divorce or death?

Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders

Circadian rhythm sleep disorders (CRSD), a family of sleep disorders, affect (among other bodily processes) the timing of sleep. People with circadian rhythm sleep disorders are unable to go to sleep and awaken at the times commonly required for work and school as well as social needs.

They are generally able to get enough sleep if allowed to sleep and wake at the times dictated by their "body clocks". The quality of their sleep is usually normal unless they also have another sleep disorder.

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