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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The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has found that one in three American adults have symptoms of insomnia. Shahab Haghayegh, Quartzy, "The science of why a warm bath before bed helps you sleep," 14 Aug. 2019 The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has found that one in three American adults have symptoms of insomnia. Shahab Haghayegh, The Conversation, "Want better sleep? Try a warm bath or shower 1-2 hours before bedtime, study suggests," 13 Aug. 2019 Individuals with greater levels of optimism were more likely to report getting six to nine hours of sleep nightly and were 74 percent more likely to have no symptoms of insomnia. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Study Finds that Optimists May Sleep Better and Longer," 8 Aug. 2019 While more research is needed, so far studies and anecdotal evidence suggest that CBD can treat anxiety, pain, insomnia, and acts as an anti-inflammatory. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Cannabis Brand Kush Queen Is Launching a Makeup Brand," 8 Aug. 2019 This stress can often lead to physical and emotional health risks, including fatigue, insomnia, sadness, anger and more. Madelyn Fernstrom, NBC News, "Dr. Fernstrom: Are you at risk for job burnout?," 6 Aug. 2019 Still others suffer from insomnia, sleep deprivation, and night terrors. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience, and the Secret World of Sleep," 23 July 2019 But on insomnia soaked mornings, sometimes the world feels too big. Ailsa Ross, Longreads, "Mountains, Transcending," 9 Aug. 2019 One client, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Bates was being taken off his insomnia medication by staff and was having trouble sleeping. Evan Allen, BostonGlobe.com, "Unwatched, a sober home business boomed. Then they found the bones," 3 Aug. 2019

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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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