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What is the difference between acute insomnia and chronic insomnia?

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When insomnia lasts a short amount of time, it’s called acute. And when it lasts a long time, it’s chronic. Acute insomnia can last up to 3 months and often has a cause like stress. Insomnia is chronic when a person has sleep trouble at least 3 nights a week for a month or longer.

Insomnia can come and go, with periods of time when a person sleeps fine. And it can last for years if you don't treat the cause.

From: An Overview of Insomnia WebMD Medical Reference

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American Sleep Association.

National Sleep Foundation.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 29, 2018

SOURCES:

American Sleep Association.

National Sleep Foundation.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 29, 2018

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