insomnia

noun
in·​som·​nia | \ in-ˈsäm-nē-ə How to pronounce insomnia (audio) \

Definition of insomnia

: prolonged and usually abnormal inability to get enough sleep

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Other Words from insomnia

insomniac \ in-​ˈsäm-​nē-​ˌak How to pronounce insomniac (audio) \ adjective or noun

Synonyms for insomnia

Synonyms

sleeplessness, wakefulness

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Examples of insomnia in a Sentence

has suffered from insomnia virtually his entire life

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Those who experience insomnia often experience difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "How to Tell if You Have a Sleep Disorder," 14 Mar. 2019 The official prescribing information lists agitation, anxiety, muscle twitches, confusion, dizziness, nausea, nervousness, headaches, insomnia, electric shocklike sensations and other symptoms when people stop taking this drug. Joe Graedon, M.s., And Teresa Graedon, Houston Chronicle, "Changing washcloths daily helps control acne," 23 June 2018 The dangerous phenomenon has linked to teen suicides throughout the world and is also linked to the theft of personal data, harassment, extortion, anxiety, depression and insomnia. Sam Webb, Fox News, "'Momo' horror: Teen self-harms after family is threatened through sick social media 'suicide game'," 17 Sep. 2018 In addition to strong cravings for nicotine, those symptoms might include anxiety, irritability, and insomnia, the Mayo Clinic explains. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Bella Hadid’s New Year’s Resolution Is to Give Up Her JUUL: 'So Far So Good!'," 8 Jan. 2019 For individuals experiencing withdrawal symptoms, that week can be agonizing, with symptoms including nausea, diarrhea, muscle aches, anxiety, and insomnia. Lev Facher, STAT, "In a first, FDA approves drug meant to mitigate symptoms of opioid withdrawal," 16 May 2018 An autopsy shows Bartley died of acute alcohol intoxication and abuse of benzodiazepines, a drug typically prescribed to treat anxiety and insomnia last year, the Associated Press reports. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Ohio woman gives teen vodka, now faces charges in his death, reports say," 22 Apr. 2018 There are obvious insomnia symptoms like being hella tired all the time, irritability, difficulty paying attention, and anxiety about sleep. Korin Miller, SELF, "13 Surprising Medical Conditions That Can Cause Weight Gain or Loss (and When to Go to the Doctor)," 12 Nov. 2018 Lest that sounds like B.S., there are actually studies that show both lavender and camomile are scientifically proven to aid with insomnia. Amy Hou, Glamour, "This Lavender Pillow Spray Actually Helps Me Sleep Better," 20 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of insomnia

circa 1623, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for insomnia

Latin, from insomnis sleepless, from in- + somnus sleep — more at somnolent

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The first known use of insomnia was circa 1623

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insomnia

noun

English Language Learners Definition of insomnia

: the condition of not being able to sleep

insomnia

noun
in·​som·​nia | \ in-ˈsäm-nē-ə How to pronounce insomnia (audio) \

Kids Definition of insomnia

: difficulty in sleeping

insomnia

noun
in·​som·​nia | \ in-ˈsäm-nē-ə How to pronounce insomnia (audio) \

Medical Definition of insomnia

: prolonged and usually abnormal inability to obtain adequate sleep

called also agrypnia

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