Insomnia is a nighttime sleeping problem. Insomnia is "difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep, or both." Although most of us know what insomnia is and how we feel and perform after one or more sleepless nights, few seek medical advice. Occasional insomnia is experienced by more than a third of American adults, and chronic insomnia is known to effect more than one in ten! (What, that is a huge number of people that walk around as zombies).
Many people remain unaware of the behavioral and medical options available for treatment. Insomnia affects all age groups. Among older adults, insomnia affects women more often than men. The incidence increases with age. Stress most commonly triggers short-term or acute insomnia. If you do not address your insomnia, however, it may develop into chronic insomnia.