Types of insomnia
Primary insomnia is insomnia that is not caused by any other condition. It is generally caused by life changes.
Insomnia that occurs as a result of an underlying health condition or lifestyle habit, such as a mental health condition or excessive daytime napping is called secondary insomnia. Doctors often call this type of insomnia comorbid insomnia.
Acute vs. chronic insomnia
Acute insomnia is short-term and lasts for days or weeks. Most adults will experience acute insomnia at some point in their life. Often it is caused by life stressors like work, problems at home, jet lag, or a short-term traumatic event. Generally, acute insomnia will resolve over time when the stressful event has passed.
Chronic insomnia lasts for a month or longer. Chronic insomnia can be a primary problem or may be related to an underlying medical condition or medication use. If poor sleep is negatively impacting your daily life, it may be time to reach out to your primary care physician.