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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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- insomniac (noun)
- insomnius (adjective)
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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.
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— 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
— Mr. B (@esteticSushi) April 6, 2020
Me: I think I might go to sleep early tonight
My insomnia: HAHAHAHA
— Shannonミ☆ (@cangelsCordelia) April 7, 2020
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Is insomnia used correctly in the following sentence?
I always wake up feeling refreshed after a full night of insomnia.
How to use insomnia in a sentence
Given the flood of studies, warnings, features and books about it, insomnia may come to define our age the way nostalgia defined the Romantics.Simon Han’s ‘Nights When Nothing Happened’ is a poignant study of the immigrant experience|Ron Charles|November 30, 2020|Washington Post
Anxiety disorders, insomnia, and dementia were the most common diagnoses.One in five covid-19 patients are diagnosed with a mental illness within three months|Charlotte Jee|November 11, 2020|MIT Technology Review
The app has emerged as a national pastime, with some using it to research where their dates live or provide an escape from the pandemic blues, or as something to scroll through during bouts of insomnia.Behind real estate’s surprise 2020 boom and what comes next|Rachel Schallom|October 20, 2020|Fortune
I’ve battled insomnia my entire adult life, going through phases where it’ll be hard to fall asleep for months on end.The best things I bought in August|Rachel Schallom|August 30, 2020|Fortune
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
I was actually experiencing insomnia pretty intensely, and that experience informed that song.Jenny Lewis on 'The Voyager,' the End of Rilo Kiley, and High School Classmate Angelina Jolie|Marlow Stern|August 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.Short on Zzz’s? 15 Research-Backed Sleep Hacks|DailyBurn|May 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There are his mind-altering insomnia and his addiction to his “me-machine,” his cellphone.Joshua Ferris’s New Novel Chronicles an Existential Dentist in Despair|Tom LeClair|May 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
How a Dutch social-media star and her strange aural stimuli helped combat my chronic insomnia.YouTube’s Sleep Whisperers Are A Sexy Way To Combat Insomnia|Lizzie Crocker|May 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The cattle seem to suffer from insomnia occasionally, and the hot nights rouse their predatory instincts.The Red Cow and Her Friends|Peter McArthur
In delirium tremens, they relieve when there are great restlessness, insomnia, the general lowering of the nerve power.
You wouldn't look well, if you'd been suffering from Insomnia every Afternoon for a Week!
Another favourite anecdote in New York is that of the Philadelphian who went to a doctor and complained of insomnia.America To-day, Observations and Reflections|William Archer
For those who still, in spite of attention to these points, suffer from insomnia, the following hints will be of service.Nervous Breakdowns and How to Avoid Them|Charles David Musgrove
British Dictionary definitions for insomnia
Derived forms of insomniainsomnious, adjective
Word Origin for insomnia
Scientific definitions for insomnia
Cultural definitions for insomnia
A persistent and prolonged inability to sleep.