What is Insomnia?

insomnia affects roughly 30 percent of the general adult population. For some, it is ongoing sleep disruptions and for approximately 10 percent, it is more severe and leads to daytime functional deterioration. Because solid sleep is a necessity for physical and mental health, it is important to be educated on what exactly insomnia is and even more important to seek treatment if you are a victim of the condition.

How Do I Know If I Have Insomnia?

A woman lying awake with her head on her hands and a pillow on her head at the end of the bed.

Woman lays on her bed with a pillow resting on her head staring into the distance.

Being unable to sleep is a terrible feeling. You feel physically exhausted, mentally drained and helpless as you try to get a good night’s sleep. Most people have periods where they have difficulty sleeping, but how do you know if it’s insomnia?

While 30 percent of adults in the U.S. suffer from some form of insomnia during their lives, it can be challenging to know for sure if it is a consistent issue or a bump in the road.

The National Sleep Foundation defines insomnia as a chronic condition if it happens three nights per week for three months or longer.

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