Definitions

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  • n. A chronic state of low-grade exhaustion caused by too little or fitful sleep.

Etymologies

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From Latin semi- ("half") + somnus ("sleep") + -ia. Compare with insomnia. Coined by British sleep expert Neil Stanley in 2007.

Examples

  • Brits are suffering from semisomnia, a new term coined in the report to describe daytime tiredness or low-grade exhaustion, thought to be caused by our inability to wind down before bedtime.

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  • A new report, commissioned by Horlicks and set to be released at the end of October, is expected to reveal that millions of Brits are suffering from semisomnia, a new term coined in the report to describe daytime tiredness or low-grade exhaustion, thought to be caused by our inability to wind down before bedtime.

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  • (fr. Wordspy, n.) Mild but chronic exhaustion caused by poor sleep habits.

    May 14, 2008