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Insomnia is difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Acute insomnia is brief and usually due to specific life circumstances. Acute insomnia usually resolves on its own once the situation ends.


Symptoms of insomnia:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking up during the night
  • Waking up too early
  • Not feeling well-rested in the morning
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Making errors you usually wouldn't make
  • Worrying about sleep
  • Slow reaction time


Chronic insomnia is when your sleep is disrupted at least 3 nights per week for at least 3 months. People with chronic insomnia can often benefit from treatment to improve their sleep.

Insomnia leads to sleep deprivation, which can have major effects on your life. Some of these include:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Headaches
  • Weakened immune system
    • Specifically, higher risk of developing respiratory tract infections
  • Long-term risk of chronic illnesses including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and kidney disease
  • Poor concentration, problem solving skills, and memory issues
    • Trouble learning new material
    • People with less sleep tend to do worse on exams