Definitions

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty in falling asleep or staying awake during the nights. Insomnia is a symptom not a disease or diagnosis.  It can sap not only your energy levels and mood, but also your health. This can affect your work performance and quality of life. There are mainly two types of insomnia.  There are two types of insomnia. They are:

  1. Primary Insomnia, where a person has sleep problems that is not directly related to any other health condition.
  2. Secondary Insomnia, where a person has sleep problems due to something else like a health condition like asthma, cancer, heartburn, depression, or arthritis.

Acute and Chronic Insomnia

Insomnia varies on how long it lasts and how often it occurs. It can be short-term (acute insomnia) or can last long (chronic insomnia).