from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chronic inability to fall asleep or remain asleep for an adequate length of time.

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  • n. A sleeping disorder that is known for its symptoms of unrest and the inability to sleep.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Lack of sleep; inability to sleep, especially when chronic; wakefulness; sleeplessness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Sleeplessness; inability to sleep, especially when chronic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an inability to sleep; chronic sleeplessness


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin īnsomnia, from īnsomnis, sleepless : in-, not; see in-1 + somnus, sleep; see swep- in Indo-European roots.

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From Latin in- + somnus + -ia



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  • It's very interesting looking back on this thread and recognising the symptoms of my long-term mental health problems.

    Funny thing is, treating my depression treated my insomnia, and then I changed medications and the new stuff causes worse insomnia than ever.

    December 26, 2017

  • 4:32.

    February 18, 2015

  • 2:35

    I am.

    December 4, 2011

  • 1:08 a.m. *looks around to see who else is awake now*

    October 19, 2011

  • It's not amazing...

    June 15, 2011

  • This is amazing; I was just thinking about how I couldn't sleep last night, and then I look at the sidebar...

    June 15, 2011

  • That is a good book. :-)

    June 9, 2011

  • You could always try The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.

    June 9, 2011

  • Maybe a nice comic book instead.... ;-)

    June 9, 2011

  • Sort of like War and Peace or Vasily Grossman's incredible Life and Fate about the Battle of Stalingrad?

    June 9, 2011

  • An amazing and cruel book about war, peace, childhood, happiness and everything else.

    June 9, 2011

  • What's "Ender's game", Pro?

    June 9, 2011

  • What if I'm just going crazy?

    Perhaps it wasn't a good idea to start reading "Ender's game".

    June 9, 2011

  • I slept from midnight to 2, then awake until 5. Uffa.

    May 21, 2011

  • Hi, Pro. Did you get any sleep?

    May 21, 2011

  • (3:45 AM)

    I can't sleep.


    May 21, 2011

  • 2:25 AM


    February 20, 2011

  • Good luck, Pro!

    November 30, 2010

  • *prays for Pro's mind to rest*

    November 28, 2010

  • Good for you, Pro. Good night, and good luck.

    November 28, 2010

  • I made a decision, and after all this time I will see a doctor, for insomnia and other stuff (a good part of which has been discussed on this page). Good luck to me.

    November 28, 2010

  • 5:26 am...

    November 22, 2010

  • I'm here too, Pro....

    November 22, 2010

  • Edit: it's been three months now.

    November 22, 2010

  • 01:20 am


    November 4, 2010

  • 01:15 am

    Sipping some chamomile-and-some-other-grass infusion. It's not even about not being able to sleep... More like not feeling like trying.

    And it's been almost two weeks now.

    September 7, 2010

  • Glad you're here too, plethora.

    May 7, 2010

  • 03:37am

    The last two weeks have been the worst I've had in a while. It's like being in year 12 again.

    Thank Jebus you are all here to amuse me.

    May 7, 2010

  • Pro, you'll handle it like a Pro, I'm sure.

    Good sleep to the future Dr. Prolagus.

    September 1, 2009

  • Good luck and good night, Pro.

    September 1, 2009

  • Let tomorrow answer you. 'night Pro.

    September 1, 2009

  • I'm very sleepy, tonight, but I don't feel like turning the lights and my computer off. Why? Because tomorrow is Tomorrow. First day as a PhD student.

    Who knows if it was a wise choice...

    September 1, 2009

  • I bought a collection of Anna Akhmatova's poetry the other day, solely on the recollection of this conversation. It doesn't appear to have The Cellar of Memory, though.

    September 1, 2009

  • *runs in late*

    Pro, my homesickness will probably never be as bad as yours, but I understand where you're coming from. I don't even like my hometown that much, but I know that there will always be a connection between me and those people. There are places, foods, events and pubs that I could make reference to and every one of those 20,000 people would automatically know what I was talking about. I could never go back and live there, but I do miss that. I'm going back in September for my uncle's birthday and I'm already looking forward to it. It will have been a year between visits. I still think of it in my head as "going home", even though I love the city I'm in now.

    I have similar feelings about boarding school.


    June 7, 2009

  • *sighs*

    June 7, 2009

  • Happy to mail Pro some OVALTINE. *whinnies*

    June 1, 2009

  • A quick trip to Spain sounds wonderful, if somewhat impractical. Quick trips from Alaska to anywhere are non-existent. I'm jealous.

    Wish I could help, Pro. At least, when you're awake, I get to read your much appreciated contributions to Wordie.

    June 1, 2009

  • Not a bad idea, but where do I find Ovaltine at 2 am in Italy? The nearest open grocery is OpenCor, in Spain.

    June 1, 2009

  • A little warm milch, perhaps, Pro?


    June 1, 2009

  • Humph.

    June 1, 2009

  • Skipvia. :)

    Bilby: That is because you are a bilby.

    May 26, 2009

  • Thank you, Wordies, for your kind words. Tonight I feel a bit sleepy, so I will try to go to sleep before bad thoughts reach me.

    May 26, 2009

  • At some point, many years ago, I gave up being the tortured artist/academic and decided that home was wherever I happened to be. Smooth sailing since then.

    May 25, 2009

  • That reminds me of Anna Akhmatova's poem, "The Cellar of Memory" (Подвал памяти, 1940), which concludes:

                                       Well, let's go home!

    But where's my home and where's my reason?

                                          Ну, идем домой!

    Но где мой дом и где рассудок мой?

    (A note for clarity: "reason" here means the capacity for rational thought, not "a reason to do something.")

    May 25, 2009

  • Kde domov můj? I've adapted that from a rhetorical patriotic question into a sort of a motto for life.

    May 25, 2009

  • Pro, I feel for you, and at the same time I'm envious. Having moved too many times, the very notion of being able to call anyone my people seems fantastic. It sounds like a gift you'll always have, wherever you live.

    I spent 7 years in New York and know what an alienating place it can be, even if you love it. I hope you find some peace while you struggle with the tension between roots and opportunity.

    May 25, 2009

  • Insomnia... what a liar of a word, with its multiple vowels, its nasal consonants. It doesn't sound as bad as it is at all.

    You talk to people about your insomnia, and they are all sweetness and care about it - but you can't shake the feeling that they associate the deep dark night with romance and excitement.. and that silky name, insomnia; it can't be as bad as hemorrhoids with such a name!

    I propose, therefore, that we change the insomnia to a name that is appropriately irritating khuhlkhutscheu.

    This night was over before it began.

    May 24, 2009

  • Good question. Nowhere. What's home supposed to feel like anyway?

    May 24, 2009

  • Where do you feel at home, bilby?

    May 24, 2009

  • Oddly, when I'm in Australia I never feel surrounded by my people.

    May 24, 2009

  • Bad thoughts again.

    Having been back in Sardinia since Easter, I can now see what New York can't give me, and what it means to live surrounded by your people.

    May 24, 2009

  • Why do bad thoughts reach you even when you are on vacation?

    May 16, 2009

  • Hi Pro!

    it's 4:31 am here, and I can't sleep either.

    Did you get my Flickr e-mail?

    April 13, 2009

  • Sorry to read that, plethorette. Here in Italy it's 4 am, and I woke up. I feel like I won't be able to sleep again.

    It's weird. After 16 months in NYC, I have just come back to Sardinia, where I'll stay until late August. Until a couple of months ago, this is what I would have wanted the most. Now, after I have been accepted into a PhD program there, I had to return to Italy since my visa has expired; but suddenly, being at my parents' place is not being home anymore.

    Staying four months here will probably lead to a double culture crash: one in a few days, and one in August, again.

    April 13, 2009

  • It's not that late. But I know that, due to many things, chances of sleep tonight are slim to none.

    Still, this is the first time in a long while that I can actually pinpoint the cause of the insomnia. That's good, right?

    March 16, 2009

  • I've joined the club, 4:39 am.

    March 14, 2009

  • How is this for extreme insomnia?

    March 5, 2009

  • You would think that, having been sick for a week, all I would be able to do is sleep. But I just cannot make my brain shut down.

    February 22, 2009

  • Sigh.

    February 21, 2009

  • Sweet dreams, pleth.

    January 11, 2009

  • I haven't been here for a while - not since I had a lot of homework to do and many episodes of Doctor Who unwatched.

    Wordie has been quiet tonight.

    I probably have to be up early in the morning, despite it being Sunday, so I'm going to bed now.

    January 11, 2009

  • Safe trip! Enjoy! :-D

    December 19, 2008

  • The good thing today is that the less I sleep tonight, the more I'll sleep on the airplane this afternoon. Very important, since I'll be in Italy at 7 am local time, so I will have a whole day to face...

    December 18, 2008

  • I don't know if I can call "insomnia" having so much to do that I work until late night (although I can't get anything done when I work until late).

    Damn applications.

    December 15, 2008

  • It was, in my opinion, 3 1/2 hours ago.

    September 12, 2008

  • Last time I checked the clock, it was half past eleven!

    September 11, 2008

  • Not these days, Pro. The greatest privilege of year 12 is having to share only a bathroom and with just one person. And although my bathroommate is a slob who occasionally locks me out and always leaves the light on, it's worth it for the 2am Doctor Who and homework sessions.

    As for whether we're moving, westward or otherwise, I have no authority to speak on the matter.

    I am actually going to bed now. I have a Chem test in the morning.

    September 8, 2008

  • Not sure. My knowledge of tectonic plate movements is a bit hazy. Perhaps we only move westwards at night, and maybe this is why I often get my best work done after pumpkin hour.

    September 8, 2008

  • Is Australia moving westbound westward?

    September 8, 2008

  • Grr. Still awake. Ah well, will traipse off to bed with Anna Karenina – there's nothing like a Russian novel chock-full of patronymics for the full soporific effect.

    September 8, 2008

  • Do you share a room with other people, pleth?

    September 8, 2008

  • Hmm, what to do? I could a) go to bed and have a 70/30 chance of laying awake pretending/wishing it were possible for me to sleep before at least two a.m. or b) watch another episode of Doctor Who on youtube.

    A friend of mine is having me do a sleep log for her psychology class. I should be able to give her some interesting results.

    September 8, 2008

  • *singing*

    Sir all I want is a chance to amend

    Past infidelities please do not send

    Me far away from my wise

    Me far away from my wiiise

    Me far away from my wiiiiise


    September 5, 2008

  • It's good to have Australian Wordies.

    August 24, 2008

  • Wordie. The insomniac's delight.

    August 17, 2008

  • I have the world's longest weekend ahead of me. I need to go to sleep. *attempts to knock self out with heavy folder*

    August 14, 2008

  • Oh no, it's happening to me!

    August 11, 2008

  • Apparently I'm turning into Pro.

    I need to get up in three and a half hours.

    July 28, 2008

  • OK, let's try to sleep.

    July 8, 2008

  • Longest night ever.

    July 6, 2008

  • No! Poor dontcry, and poor birdie! My sympathies. :-( But I'm sure the little thing had a good life with you as its caretaker.

    I had a bird funeral myself a few months ago, but now I'm happy to say I'm preparing for a baby bird to fledge. Life gets better. :-)

    July 1, 2008

  • I'll do it right now - dim the lights, I mean.

    Nighty night.

    July 1, 2008

  • Rough day for dontcry -- had a bird funeral. *sniff*

    Thankfully it's settle down time, so off goes the computer, down go the lights, out comes a book. Not long before bedtime. Ahhhh.

    Put down the cheese, Pro, and dim the lights. Sweet dreams.

    July 1, 2008

  • Goodnight guys (not many women during American nights, did you notice?). Have fun.

    June 30, 2008

  • Last night I dreamed I had insomnia. I woke up exhausted, yet too well rested to go back to sleep.

    (Bob Ingman)

    June 30, 2008

  • What did Ray ever do to you?

    June 29, 2008

  • Stingray.

    June 29, 2008

  • Awake.

    June 29, 2008

  • Hello, boys. How's the city that never etc?

    June 29, 2008

  • Oh well, good enough. How's life?

    June 29, 2008

  • I think it's just you and me, Pro.

    June 29, 2008

  • Hello everybody.

    June 29, 2008

  • Well, I'm off to bed, and I'm three hours behind you. But I will probably be up at least four hours before you. Sweet dreams, yarb.

    June 28, 2008

  • Goodnight. I will go on killing. Time.

    June 28, 2008

  • OK, I think you beat me again, Pro. I'm going to sleep. (Not that it should be a competition!)

    June 28, 2008

  • Considering that they killed people, I'd suspect unjust insomniacs.

    June 28, 2008

  • I suspect most serial killers were just insomniacs.

    June 28, 2008

  • Please, hit me with something heavy.

    June 28, 2008

  • OK, let's try. I'll go to bed now. Just for dontcry.

    June 27, 2008

  • I second that--long time no Wordie, SoG!

    June 26, 2008