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Insomnia (or a lack of sleep) is a type of sleeping disorder, which could be separated into different levels according to the duration of the symptoms:

Types of insomnia

Transient Insomnia's symptoms lasts for...........
Less than one week

Short-term Insomnia's symptoms lasts for........
Between one to three weeks

Chronic insomnia's symptoms lasts for..........
Longer than three weeks

The CAUSE of insomnia

Insomnia can be related to situational, medical or psychiatric causes.

For transient and short-term insomnia, much of the previous cases show the following causes:

1. Environment issues (excessive or unpleasant noises, uncomfortable room temperature or due to a high altitude)

2. Life transitions in life (changes in shift work, withdrawal from drug, alcohol or medical intakes)

3. Stressful situations in life ( EXAMS, death of loved ones, unemployment, divorce or separation)

4. Medical reasons (the individual may be suffering from a medical or surgical illness)

For Chronic or longer-term insomnia, much of the previous cases shows that they are usually related to a primary psychiatric (mental) or phsyiologic (medical) condition.

The most common psychological problems that may lead to insomnia include the following:

1. Anxiety
2. Stress
3. Depression
4. Schizopherenia (a type of mental illness)
5. Mania (mood disorder)

The possible symptoms

  • Poor concentration and focus
  • Poor memory
  • Poor body coordination
  • Unable to fall asleep or waking up frequently at night
  • Fatique

The TREATMENT of insomnia

Here are two youtube clips that demonstrates several treatments for insomnia (whether for a short term or permanent effect):


Beating Insomnia by HealthDotCom


Treating Sleep Disorders (insomnia #4) by Illumistream

Information's reference:

emedicinehealth(n.d.) Retrieved March 21st, 2010, from