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Origin of insomnia
OTHER WORDS FROM insomniain·som·ni·ous, adjective
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What does insomnia mean?
Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep for an adequate amount of time.
Insomnia is often used casually to refer to occasional sleeplessness or a single instance of it. But in medical terms, insomnia typically refers to a condition involving a chronic inability to fall or stay asleep, meaning the inability is persistent and prolonged—it happens all the time.
A person who experiences insomnia can be called an insomniac.
Example: My insomnia gets worse when I’m under a lot of stress.
Where does insomnia come from?
The first records of insomnia come from the 1600s. It comes from the Latin insom(nis), meaning “without sleep.” This is formed from the prefix in–, in this case meaning “not,” the root somn(us), meaning “sleep,” and the ending -ia, which is used in the names of diseases.
Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder—around a third of adults may experience it at some point in their lives. It can be acute (lasting one night to a few weeks) or chronic (three or more nights a week for three months or more). Some cases of insomnia are labeled as primary, meaning they’re not caused by another medical condition. Those that are caused by another medical condition are called secondary. Primary insomnia is very often caused by things like stress, changes in sleep schedule, or an environment that’s not good for sleeping (like a room that’s too loud or bright). For instance, the worry and stress that can come with a major life change can cause acute primary insomnia. Secondary insomnia can be caused by things like anxiety, depression, asthma, and sleep apnea (a condition in which a person repeatedly stops breathing and starts again during sleep).
Clinically speaking, insomnia usually refers to sleeplessness so bad that it regularly disrupts a person’s daily life with problems like fatigue and inability to concentrate. Still, the word is commonly used when talking about minor difficulties in falling asleep, as in I was so excited about the trip that I had insomnia last night—it took me an hour to fall asleep!
In general, a sleep dysfunction like insomnia is called a parasomnia, and the names of many of these disorders are based on the same root word, including somnambulism (sleepwalking) and hypersomnia (excessive sleeping).
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What are some other forms related to insomnia?
- insomniac (noun)
- insomnius (adjective)
What are some synonyms for insomnia?
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What are some words that often get used in discussing insomnia?
How is insomnia used in real life?
Insomnia is a medical term that refers to chronic sleeplessness, but it is also commonly used in a casual way to refer to not being able to fall asleep in any situation.
Treating insomnia may help cure depression. http://t.co/qcgwCwUidx
— NYT National News (@NYTNational) November 19, 2013
Anxiety, stress, and depression are some of the most common causes of chronic insomnia. Having difficulty sleeping can also make anxiety, stress, and depression symptoms worse. Other common emotional and psychological causes include anger worry grief bipolar disorder and trauma
— K i r b y 〰️ (@_KirbyPh) April 6, 2020
Me: I think I might go to sleep early tonight
My insomnia: HAHAHAHA
— Shannon🤍 (@brlttSpierce) April 7, 2020
Try using insomnia!
Is insomnia used correctly in the following sentence?
I always wake up feeling refreshed after a full night of insomnia.
Example sentences from the Web for insomnia
I’ve battled insomnia my entire adult life, going through phases where it’ll be hard to fall asleep for months on end.
Neuralink is working on a kind of brain-computer interface that it hopes will one day help restore brain functions in humans with disorders like blindness, seizures, and insomnia.Elon Musk shows off Neuralink brain implant technology in a living pig|jonathanvanian2015|August 29, 2020|Fortune
Although Chloe dominates the student body by day, at night insomnia dominates her.In a New Novel, Apathetic Teenagers Usher in the Apocalypse|Elliot Ackerman|June 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Note: Chronic deprivation has much more serious symptoms and you should seek a medical professional if you suffer from insomnia.
So was Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception, and The Dark Knight Rises.How ‘Transcendence’ Director Wally Pfister Became Christopher Nolan’s Secret Weapon|Andrew Romano|April 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Difficulty making decisions, short and long term memory loss, insomnia, lingering fatigue, or an inability to control emotions.How a Thumb-Sized Gauge Is Revolutionizing Traumatic Brain Injuries|Brian Castner|March 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sure ASMR clips can put you to sleep and help stave off insomnia, maybe even get rid of that nasty headache you've had for days.
In his rich gush of friendship he recurred to the subject of my insomnia with a new-born enthusiasm.
In all such cases there is a marked tendency to insomnia present.Sleep and Its Derangements|William A. Hammond
There are nervous persons troubled with insomnia who admit that their sleeplessness was in the beginning voluntary.A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis|Sigmund Freud
This is especially true of certain cases of insomnia which the patient reports as follows.Psychoanalysis|Andr Tridon
"He suffers so from insomnia, I don't blame him," answered Pen.Still Jim|Honor Willsie Morrow
British Dictionary definitions for insomnia
Derived forms of insomniainsomnious, adjective
Word Origin for insomnia
Medical definitions for insomnia
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Cultural definitions for insomnia
A persistent and prolonged inability to sleep.