This is a hypothetical question - we aren't going to write a 10,000 word article with a comprehensive definition. However, what we do want to write about is the issue that whilst there are specific definitions out there, people tend to interpret them differently (or don't really understand exactly what insomnia is).
As a result, we see reports released every day telling us how x% of the population suffer from insomnia. However, what these reports fail to tell us is how they define 'insomnia'. This is exactly where the problem lies (and we briefly covered this in a previous post). For some, insomnia is a serious medical condition and unless they've been clinically diagnosed, they don't consider themselves insomniacs. For others, not getting a full 8 hours once or twice a week means they have insomnia.
As a result, we tend to feel that all these insomnia reports come back with figures that are over-inflated. However, that doesn't mean that we should disregard them. If someone is having trouble getting to sleep we should still be sympathetic.
Last updated: April 30, 2010