Insomnia News

Insomnia literally means “no sleep” in Latin. Medically, the disorder refers to anyone who has trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, and also to individuals with both problems. The problem is very common..

When insomnia lasts for a few days or weeks, it is typically referred to as acute insomnia. And if it is ongoing for months or years on end, this is known as chronic insomnia. A variety of different factors can contribute to both acute and chronic insomnia.

Causes of Insomnia

Acute insomnia is generally short-lived and is often related to a particularly stressful or emotional life event. Family and financial issues, work-related stress or undergoing trauma are common causes of acute insomnia. In contrast, chronic insomnia lasts longer, and it’s often a side effect of another condition or lifestyle choice. For this reason, most types of chronic insomnia are also referred to as secondary insomnias. This type of insomnia can be a side effect of certain medications or a symptom of some medical conditions, such as sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome and others.

There is another form of chronic insomnia known as primary insomnia. This is a form of insomnia that is not a symptom of other conditions or a side effect of medications. The cause of primary insomnia is often difficult to determine.

Treatment

The treatment for insomnia will vary depending on its severity and duration. For some forms of acute insomnia, the issues may resolve on their own over time. Similarly, chronic insomnia can sometimes be fixed by changing medications or treating the underlying condition.

For others, finding a treatment for insomnia may be as simple as setting a better bedroom routine, banishing electronics from the bedroom or practicing simple at-home relaxation techniques. Others may need more extensive therapy or medications to help with their sleep issues, so it’s best to speak with a health care provider about the right options for you.

SOURCES: National Sleep Foundation, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 2013

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4/10/2018
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10/20/2017
Smartphones, Tablets Sabotaging Teens' Sleep

Study found more adolescents getting less rest because of temptations of technology

10/4/2017
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Know the risk/reward ratio of these drugs

9/20/2017
When Moms Don't Sleep Well, Neither Do Their Kids

That could take a toll on child's development, researchers say

9/7/2017
Sleepless Nights Plague Many Women in Middle Age

Phases in and around menopause play a big role in insomnia, CDC study finds

9/7/2017
Can a Digital Doctor Help You Sleep?

New research says yes, and better-quality ZZZZs may help ease other mental health concerns

8/30/2017
Sleepless Nights Do No Favors for Your Heart

Study ties insomnia to heightened odds for heart disease, stroke

8/8/2017
Preterm Birth Risk Spikes in Mothers With Sleep Disorders

Pregnant women with apnea or insomnia have roughly twice the risk of delivering before 34 weeks, study finds

7/10/2017
How Poor Sleep Might Raise Odds for Alzheimer's

A few bad nights might not hurt, but chronic sleep problems may be cause for concern, researcher says

7/10/2017
Living With Purpose May Help Seniors Sleep Soundly

Sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome are less common in those with a reason to get up in the morning, study finds

6/28/2017
Poor Sleep May Worsen Suicidal Thoughts

Treating insomnia might help improve emotional well-being, researchers suggest

6/9/2017
Bed Partner Often Fuels Loved One's Insomnia

Well-intentioned tips to encourage better sleep often backfire, study finds

5/19/2017
Mechanical Heart Valve Noise May Mean Sleepless Nights

Some even report that others can hear the sound, study finds

5/12/2017
Could Tai Chi Ease Insomnia in Breast Cancer Survivors?

Study found it as effective as talk therapy for improving sleep and depression

5/5/2017
Cervical Cancer May Leave Lasting Imprint on Survivors

Some symptoms, such as fatigue and insomnia, are still a problem long after treatment

3/31/2017
Sleepless Nights, Unhealthy Hearts?

Chronic wakefulness might leave its mark on cardiovascular system, study suggests

3/24/2017
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3/1/2017
What Guides Docs' Sleeping Pill Picks? 'Same Old Same Old,' Study Says

Researchers asked why one popular drug is prescribed over another

2/22/2017
'Off-Label' Antidepressants Common, But Where's the Evidence?

One-third are prescribed for conditions like pain or migraine with little scientific backup, study says

2/2/2017
Sleepless Nights Linked to Asthma Later in Life

Adults with chronic insomnia 3 times more likely to develop the respiratory disorder, study suggests

1/4/2017
Coping With Sleep Loss During Pregnancy

Changing hormones, anxiety and heartburn can lead to insomnia

12/29/2016
Many Misuse OTC Sleep Aids: Survey

Consumer Reports finds the non-prescription drugs are taken for periods far longer than their intended use

12/27/2016
Homeless, And Often Sleepless Too

4 in 10 report insomnia, survey reveals

12/27/2016
Asthma and Insomnia

A high number of patients with asthma have insomnia, as well, study finds.

12/19/2016
Study Finds Genetic Link Between Sleep Problems and Obesity

Restless legs syndrome, schizophrenia also have biological ties to sleep disorders, research suggests

11/30/2016
Web-Based Help for Insomnia Shows Promise

Interactive program aims to build better sleep habits, researchers say

9/19/2016
Sleep Troubles, Heart Troubles?

American Heart Association says it's too soon to say what's the optimal amount of shut-eye

8/17/2016
Sleep Is Key to College Success

Deprivation can make you cranky and sick, and take a toll on your GPA, sleep specialist says

8/12/2016
Brain Relies on Two Timekeepers for Sleep

Study shows internal clock and hourglass may sometimes be at odds with each other

7/20/2016
Sleep Disorders 6 Times Higher Among Veterans

Post-traumatic stress disorder increases the risk even more, study shows

5/24/2016
Antidepressants Not Just for Depression Any More

Other uses include insomnia, pain and anxiety, researchers say

5/2/2016
Desperate for Shut-Eye?

Physicians' group recommends cognitive behavioral therapy before drugs for insomnia

4/5/2016
Sleepless Nights Linked to Brain Changes in Study

People with insomnia said to have more white matter abnormalities

3/10/2016
The High Price of Untreated Insomnia

Not getting medications, therapies for condition costs about $100 billion a year, researchers report

1/29/2016
Sleepless Nights Might Raise Women's Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Insomnia can disrupt hormones, and may play a role in developing the blood sugar condition, expert says

10/30/2015
Interrupted Sleep Not Good for Your Mood, Study Suggests

Those who slept fewer hours, but without disruptions, felt more positive the next day

9/30/2015
Less Sleep May Mean Less Sex After Menopause

Women who reported insomnia were less sexually active, study finds

7/17/2015
Talk Therapy May Help Ease Insomnia, Even With Other Health Woes

Study found cognitive behavioral therapy led to twice as many people getting a good night's sleep

6/25/2015
Sleep Problems May Contribute to Health Disparities in America

Poor sleep, insomnia and sleep apnea are more common among minority groups, study shows

6/11/2015
Car Crash Risk Doubles for New Users of Sleeping Pills, Study Finds

Ambien, other sedatives aren't the best treatment for insomnia, experts say

6/8/2015
'Talk Therapy' May Help Persistent Sleeplessness

Relaxation techniques and sleep education safer than pills, researchers say

5/12/2015
Insomniacs May Be More Sensitive to Pain

Tolerance dips based on frequency, severity of sleep disorder, researchers say

5/11/2015
Study Links Sleep Troubles to Children's Mental Health

Some of the problems included anxiety, depression and ADHD, researchers say

4/14/2015
Depression, Insomnia, Fatigue Are the Stuff of Nightmares

Study found all three factors appear to be linked to a raised risk of bad dreams

1/26/2015
Insomnia Linked to High Blood Pressure in Study

But finding doesn't prove cause-and-effect relationship

11/13/2014
Undiagnosed Sleep Problems May Be Common Among Firefighters

These disorders linked to risk for car accidents and poor health, study suggests