Insomnia is, quite simply, a condition in which we don’t get enough sleep. Sometimes it is a matter of not being able to fall asleep. Sometimes it is a matter of awakening too soon, after too little sleep. And other times it is a matter of the sleep that we are actually getting being less than what we need, or what we feel we need.
Insomnia that is caused by a known stimulus, such as a medication that we are taking, is easily cured – simply discontinuing the medication will generally resolve the insomnia. But insomnia that sets us to tossing and turning comes in three different forms, and it is helpful in understanding the condition to recognize the three types. Continue reading