Insomnia is a condition of not being able to fall asleep, stay asleep, or get the benefits of sleep. Insomnia can be its own disorder or a symptom of physical illness. It can also be caused by menopause, depression and anxiety, certain prescription medicines, stress, too much caffeine, drug abuse, chronic pain, and poor sleeping habits. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about insomnia, its causes, symptoms, treatment, and much more.
Sleep and Psychiatric Disorders
WebMD looks at the close connection between psychiatric disorders, such as depression, and sleep disorders.
Insomnia: When to Seek Medical Care
WebMD tells you when to see a doctor - or go to the hospital - if you have insomnia.
Insomnia: Questions & Answers For Your Doctor
The experts at WebMD provide a list of questions to ask your doctor -- and the questions your doctor will likely ask you -- if you seek medical help for insomnia.
Struggling with insomnia? Find practical solutions for sleepless nights from the experts at WebMD.
Why Can't I Stay Asleep?
The first step toward sleeping through the night is understanding what’s causing the interruptions.
6 Surprising Sleep Wreckers
Some common causes of disturbed sleep and sleep loss may surprise you.
Can Music Help Me Sleep?
Find out if soothing tunes are good for your snoozing brain.
Can Exercising at Night Hurt Your Sleep?
Workout after dark? Find out if it affects your shut-eye.
Foods That Help or Hurt Your Shut-eye
Smart bedtime snacks vs. fatty meals, caffeine, and alcohol.
What Your Sleep Position Says About Your Personality
Could there be a relationship between sleep position and your personality?
Do You Wake Up Just to Check the Time?
Practical tips on how to stop waking up throughout the night to check the time.
Waking Briefly at Night? Is It OK?
Find out why sleep expert Michael Breus, PhD, says waking up several times in the middle of the night is perfectly normal.
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Insomnia Quiz: Test Your Smarts on Poor Sleep and How to Fix It
In this WebMD quiz, find out how insomnia may be hurting your work, personal life, and health.
Quiz: What's Wrecking Your Sleep?
Quiz: What's Wrecking Your Sleep? Stress, alcohol, and illness can keep you up. Find out what else might ruin your rest in this quiz.
Sleep Quiz: Why You Need Your ZZZs
Take this quiz and test your knowledge of sleep -- deprivation, insomnia, and nightmares.