Not that there's any 'good' type of insomnia, of course.
Researchers recently set out to determine the extent of insomnia's damaging effects - specifically daytime impairment.
This includes concentration, mood, energy levels, relationships and work functioning.
The study involved over 10,000 participants. Of these, around half suffered from insomnia.
83% of those with insomnia had suffered from the condition for over a year, and 45% had been insomniacs for more than six years.
Researchers found the effects of interrupted sleep to be far more pronounced in insomnia sufferers compared to normally healthy sleepers who were assessed after a few nights of poor sleep.
Those who experienced only one symptom of insomnia (difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, waking too early or not feeling rested upon awakening) all suffered from similar levels of daytime impairment.
The ultimate form of debilitating insomnia comes when you mix in a mental health condition.
In addition, those who suffered from insomnia since childhood were more likely to experience poorer levels of concentration, mood and mental health than those who developed insomnia as an adult.
Last updated: May 2, 2013