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How long does insomnia last?

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

Are sleepless nights leaving you exhausted and frustrated? You may be suffering from insomnia, or another sleep disorder.

Stats show how widespread insomnia is: about 30% of adults have insomnia symptoms, and 10% deal with it chronically. Knowing how long insomnia tends to last can help you plan and begin to get over it.

Insomnia comes in different forms: trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up too early. It can stick around for a short while or become a long-term issue.

How long can insomnia last?

The duration of insomnia can vary wildly, depending on factors like its causes and differences in the type of insomnia you have. Here’s what to expect:

Transient Insomnia:

Lasting a few nights to a few weeks, transient insomnia often fades on its own once triggering factors, like stress or changes in routine, ease up.

Acute Insomnia:

Persisting for several weeks, acute insomnia may stem from stress, health issues, or lifestyle habits. With proper management, it usually resolves within a few weeks.

Chronic Insomnia:

Lasting for months or even years, chronic insomnia requires comprehensive treatment, such as therapy or medication, to address underlying causes and improve sleep quality.

Frequently asked questions about insomnia

How long does postpartum insomnia last?

Postpartum insomnia can last for several weeks to a few months after giving birth. However, its duration varies depending on individual circumstances.

How long does prozac insomnia last?

Prozac insomnia typically lasts for a short period, often a few days to a few weeks. However, individual experiences may vary.

How long does post covid insomnia last?

Post-COVID insomnia can vary in duration, ranging from a few weeks to several months.

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