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.
Drugs to Treat Insomnia
An overview of insomnia drugs, including sleeping pills, antidepressants, and more.
Getting a Diagnosis for Insomnia
Are you having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep through the night? Learn which tests your doctor will use to see if you have insomnia.
Natural Sleep Aids and Remedies
Can natural sleep remedies offer you a drug-free night’s sleep? WebMD examines some common natural sleep aids, including their risks and side effects.
Sleep and Psychiatric Disorders
WebMD looks at the close connection between psychiatric disorders, such as depression, and sleep disorders.
Why Can't I Stay Asleep?
The first step toward sleeping through the night is understanding what’s causing the interruptions.
How You Sleep Offers Clues to How You Live
To Sleep, Perchance to Dream: All about Insomnia
Up to 30 percent of the general population suffers from insomnia - and for half of this group, it's a serious problem.
When Counting Sheep Fails: The Latest Sleep Medications
Learn about the new generation of sleeping pills for insomnia.
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?
Your Attitude About Your Bedroom Hurting Your Sleep?
Does your bedroom scare you? Learn how fear can prevent you from getting a good night's sleep.
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.