Lots of people say they suffer from insomnia. However, it's a term that is often used whenever people struggle to sleep. Had a rough night last night? Insomnia. Had one sleepness night last month? Insomnia.
Many diagnosed insomniacs resent the term being thrown around by all. We take a different view. We see all sleep problems as an issue, and don't really care about the terminology people choose to use.
Are we all going to go around using the exact name of our condition? The European Journal of Psychiatry claims that more than 80 sleep disorders have been identified. Let's keep it simple - but understand and respect the fact that diagnosed insomniacs may well resent the term being overused. After all, if everyone calls themselves an insomniac it distracts us from the seriousness of the condition for those that truly are suffering on a long term basis.
The fact is, people generally understand that insomnia is a sleep disorder. Some people suffer more than others, but at the end of the day the word itself isn't really that important. Solving the problem is the bigger issue.
Last updated: April 30, 2010