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What is chronic insomnia?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

When you have a hard time getting to sleep or staying asleep, the technical term for this condition is insomnia. Almost everyone experiences insomnia occasionally. If you have insomnia at least three times a week for a month or more, you have chronic insomnia.

Chronic insomnia occurs most nights and lasts one month or more. Around 48% of Americans experience insomnia occasionally, and 22% experience insomnia every night or almost every night. According to a study, 39% of women said they had a good night's sleep every night or almost every night; 32% reported a good night's sleep a few nights a week; 14% said they only sleep well a few nights a month; 11% reported rarely getting a good night's sleep and 4% reported never getting a good night of sleep.

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