1. Transient and short-term insomnia:

Generally, this type of insomnia occurs in people who are temporarily experiencing one or more of the following:

  • stress

  • noise

  • extreme temperature change

  • sleep/wake schedule problems such as those due to jet lag or shift work

  • medication side effects

There are many things can cause insomnia. Insomnia is a complaint. It is not a disorder. You and your doctor need to determine the underlying problem causing your insomnia.Almost any sleep disorder can present itself as insomnia. These may include circadian disorders, sleep apnea, and restless legs. Ruling out a sleep disorder can be important.


3. short-term insomnia

  • poor sleep hygiene

  • worrying about having difficulty sleeping

  • excessive amounts of caffeine

  • drinking alcohol before bedtime

  • smoking cigarettes before bedtime

  • excessive napping in the afternoon or evening

  • irregular or continually disrupted sleep/wake schedule


Difficulty sleeping is only one of the symptoms. Daytime symptoms include:

  • Tiredness

  • Anxiety

  • Unable to concentrate

  • Difficulty remembering things

  • Being irritable


2. Chronic insomnia:

  • Chronic insomnia is more complex and can result from different factors. These may include any underlying physical or mental disorders. Depression is one of the most common causes of chronic insomnia. Other causes may include arthritis, kidney disease, heart failure, asthma, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, and hyperthyroidism.

  • Behavioral factors including the misuse of caffeine, alcohol, or other substances; disrupted sleep/wake cycles as may occur with shift work or other nighttime activity schedules, and chronic stress may be the insomnia culprit.


Other factors include Medications, herbs, and caffeine, which can also cause insomnia. The information supplied to you when you pick up your medications from your pharmacy will indicate the possible side effects of your medication, which may include insomnia and sleepiness.

Events going on in one's life can cause insomnia. Usually, these episodes are temporary.

Anxiety can also be responsible, however, if the anxiety is due to a long history of insomnia, the anxiety is probably not the problem and you need to find out what is the underlying cause.

Physical problems such as pain can be an underlying cause. Having a mental disorder such as depression could cause a sleeping disorder. These problems can be treated.

There are three basic types of Insomnia

  1. Transient insomnia – lasting for a few nights

  2. Short-term insomnia – two to four weeks of poor sleep

  3. Chronic insomnia – poor sleep that happens most nights and may last a month or so

What can cause Insomnia?



Treatment for transient and short-term insomnia


Transient and short-term insomnia: This type of insomnia may not require treatment since these episodes may last few only a few days at a time. For some people who experience daytime sleepiness and impaired performance may benefit from the use of short-acting sleeping pills, which may improve sleep and next-day alertness. There are always potential side effects associated with the use of any type of sleeping aid. Please consult your physician prior to use.

Treatment for chronic insomnia consists of:

Consulting your physician for diagnosing and treating any medical or psychological problems.
Identifying any personal behaviors that contribute to your insomnia.

Any patient taking sleeping pills should be under the supervision of a physician. Your physician needs to evaluate the effectiveness of any sleep aids and to minimize any side effects associated with the sleep aids.

Behavioral techniques to improve sleep, such as relaxation therapy, sleep restriction therapy, reconditioning, and/or bright light therapy may try.

Relaxation Therapy. There are specific and effective techniques that can be used to reduce or eliminate anxiety and body tension so that your body can relax and you may obtain restful sleep.

Sleep Restriction. People suffering from insomnia may spend too much time in bed trying to fall asleep. A sleep restriction program may benefit the insomniac by trying only a few hours of sleep during the night then gradually increasing your time period in bed until a more normal night’s sleep is achieved.

Reconditioning. Reconditioning is a treatment that reprograms you to associate the bed and bedtime with sleep. For example, not using their beds for any other activities other than for sleep and sex. i.e. no eating, reading, watching t.v., or working in your bed. With this, the person is advised to go to bed only when they are sleepy. If you are unable to fall asleep, you should get up and stay up until you are feeling sleepy, and then return to bed. When trying this process, you should avoid taking naps and go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. With this exercise, your body will be conditioned to associate the bed and bedtime with sleep.

Bright Light. Try resetting your internal clock by waking up the same time every morning and allowing as much bright light into your bedroom in the morning as possible. If you are having trouble staying awake in the evening, make it as bright in your home as possible.

Sleep State Misperception: Sleep state misperception is where a person will sleep most of the night but believe that they did not sleep at all.