If you experience difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or enjoying a restful night's sleep, you may be suffering from insomnia.

Insomnia is defined as the perception or complaint of inadequate or poor-quality sleep because of one or more of the following:

  • difficulty falling asleep
  • waking up frequently during the night with difficulty returning to sleep
  • waking up too early in the morning
  • non-refreshing sleep

Insomnia is a common symptom in the US. The Institute of Medicine estimates that between 50 and 70 million Americans have chronic sleep problems.

It is classified as:

  • Transient (short term) - lasting from a single night to a few weeks
  • Intermittent (on and off) - episodes occur from time to time
  • Chronic (constant) - occurs on most nights and lasts a month or more

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