Types of Insomnia: Transient Vs. Chronic

Transient Vs. Chronic Insomnia

InsomniaHave you been having trouble sleeping at night? Do you seem to toss and turn and never quite get to sleep? Do you wake up several times during the night? If you answered yes to these, and it’s been going on for several weeks, you may have insomnia. Most people know that it is a condition involving difficulty sleeping, but they do not know much else. There are actually two types of insomnia; transient and chronic.

What is Insomnia?

Insomnia can encompass trouble getting to sleep and trouble staying asleep. There are also other symptoms associated with insomnia. These can be having unsatisfying sleep, feeling tired or having a lack of energy, mood issues, and trouble concentrating. An estimated 30% of the population suffers from this disorder.

Transient Insomnia

Transient insomnia is a type of insomnia that does not last very long. In fact, it tends only last a few days or possibly a week. This type of insomnia is treated much differently than other types as the causes are often entirely different. This type of insomnia is often due to some kind of interruption in a sleep schedule or an outside stressor. These can include:

  • A relationship issue or nerves about a job interview
  • Jet lag
  • Interrupted sleep pattern due to holidays or other unusual events
  • Sleeping in a new place
  • An illness that causes frequent waking or breathing problems

Chronic Insomnia

Chronic insomnia is a long-term problem. It is a disease that affects the person for most of their life. About 10% of people suffer from this type of insomnia. Sometimes, it can last for months at a time and go away, or it can affect a person off and on for years. This type of insomnia can be caused by many things such as:

  • Circadian rhythm disorders
  • Extreme changes in sleep pattern
  • Sleep disorders
  • Severe anxiety

Contact O2 Pulmonary & Sleep Group

If you think you have insomnia, Contact O2 Pulmonary & Sleep Group for an appointment.