Depression & Mental Health

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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE INSOMNIA DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is insomnia?

Most people have trouble sleeping from time to time, and this qualifies as an episode of insomnia but, when it happens frequently and continues over time, that’s an insomnia disorder. This term is applied to both if you have trouble falling asleep and if you have trouble staying asleep (including waking up too early). The definition also requires the events to have happened at least 3 nights in a week and for at least 3 months. Insomnia disorder occurs when you have adequate opportunity to sleep (that is, you do not have a job that forces you to work 100 hours per week, etc.) and there is no alternative explanation, such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), depression, drug use, or other sleep-related conditions (eg, a shifted daily sleep-wake rhythms, narcolepsy, and sleep breathing problems).


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