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The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has declared that Monday, March 12, 2018, is Insomnia Awareness Day.

Each night millions of people in the U.S. struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep.

About 10% of U.S. adults have a chronic insomnia disorder.

Insomnia can have a negative impact on your health, quality of life and performance.

Effective treatments for insomnia include cognitive behavioral therapy and sleep medications.

Insomnia Awareness Day facts and stats

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By Thomas M. Heffron  |  Mar 10, 2014
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The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has declared that Monday, March 12, 2018, is Insomnia Awareness Day. Each night millions of people in the U.S. struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep. For some this is only a brief problem. But for others, insomnia can become a severe, ongoing struggle.

How common is insomnia among adults? Here are the numbers:
• 30 to 35% have brief symptoms of insomnia.
• 15 to 20% have a short-term insomnia disorder, which lasts less than three months.
• 10% have a chronic insomnia disorder, which occurs at least three times per week for at least three months.

Chronic insomnia can have a negative impact on your health, increasing your risk of depression and high blood pressure. It also can lower your quality of life. Common symptoms of insomnia include:

• Fatigue
• Inability to focus or concentrate
• Poor memory
• Mood disturbance
• Daytime sleepiness
• Low motivation or energy
• Increased errors or accidents

Insomnia also can keep you from performing your best at school or work. One study estimated that an employee with insomnia loses about eight days of work performance each year. For the entire U.S. workforce, this adds up to an estimated $63 billion in lost work performance due to insomnia each year.

An effective treatment for insomnia is cognitive behavioral therapy. It involves changing attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that have a negative impact on your sleep. The positive effects of CBT can be long-lasting.

Sleeping pills also are used frequently to treat insomnia. CDC data suggest that about four percent of U.S. adults used prescription sleep aids in the past month. Like any other drug, sleep medications have side effects and risks. It is important to use sleeping pills safely and properly to treat insomnia.

WARNING: Complex sleep behaviors such as sleepwalking or sleep driving can occur when you take a sleeping pill. Read this Consumer Update from the FDA to learn about these safety risks. 

Contact an accredited sleep center to get help for insomnia or another sleep problem. Find a behavioral sleep medicine provider who can offer CBT-I.

Don’t let insomnia prevent you from sleeping well and feeling your best. Get help today.

Updated May 20, 2019


  1. 1 Karen 01 Jun
    Hi Fellow Insomniacs!I have had chronic insomnia since the mid 1990S.It occurred after a traumatic event in my life.I take sleeping pills,but my body has become immune.Insomnia SUCKS!I am looking for support.I need to chat/correspond with others who experience this.I took my meds,and they haven't kicked in.
  2. 2 srivari 14 Jan
    Good and informative too.
  3. 3 marks jaon 23 Dec
    Insomnia Awareness Day i pray to all Insomnia Patient
  4. 4 Sam 15 Feb
    I have suffered from insomnia all my life. I definitely have Chronic insomnia and it is horrible. I was misdiagnosed in my 30's and it has taken me almost 20 years to figure out that it is insomnia and not bi-polar or depression. Those are results of my insomnia, not the cause.

    I recently went 18 months symptom-free for the first time in as long as I can remember. Then I ran out of CBD Oil, 8 weeks later and I was close to suicide mode. I fell hard and fast. I did not sleep much in those 8 weeks and it got progressively worse as I got toward the later 8 weeks. WE are in Mexico for the winter and due to the laws here,  you can not import CBD Oil which I did not know. 

    Needless to say, I was finally able to get the full spectrum CBD Oil and within 1 week fully recovered and was feeling great again. I am forever a believer in CBD Oil as the best way to treat insomnia. I am not going to say it will work for everyone, however in my case, I can say without a doubt now that it not only works, I also have a better sense of overall well being, more concentration. I am so grateful for this discovery. 

    I tried marijuana, but it just did not work well for me. Some people it does, but I don't really like the "High" That comes from THC. CBD Oil has so little or none, that there is no impact of getting high. It is a life saver. 
  5. 5 Anna 01 Feb
    I'm doing a research project on insomnia since I have it. I've gotten to the point where I'm immune to melatonin so I'm starting to struggle all over again, I'm hoping to get a marijuana card so I can get what I need, but the state doesn't have insomnia as one of the valid conditions. Hopefully, fingers crossed, they will either change the law or make an exception.
  6. 6 Dylan 10 Dec
    I suffered for a few months of insomnia during my school term. I wanted to try anything to help it because of how ridiculously long the days were getting. If anyone is curious on what can help, there is research on what CBD can do for sleep. CBD helped me immensely with staying asleep, CBD Bill has good articles on it.
  7. 7 Jordyn 10 Dec
    I know it may seem questionable if you have never tried it, but I have had chronic middle insomnia for years and had almost lost hope when looking into something that would help me. When medical marijuana became legal, I decided i would try it because I heard a lot of insomniacs talking about how it helped them. I know not everyone is for it but it is natural and can be consumed safely with no harm to your health. It has helped me greatly and I sleep 7-8 hours a night with no interruptions! 
  8. 8 Celso 08 Jun
    I agree with Katie, CBT-I works well. Its as effective as sleeping pills in the short term and more effective in the long term. Find a therapist in your area on the Society for Behavioral Sleep Medicine's web site (Google it).
  9. 9 Katie 10 Aug
    Highly recommend people try Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I did an online class for less than $50 and it totally helped. It seems crazy but it worked. My doctor had recommended it. Good luck everyone and sleep better!
  10. 10 8307196535 21 Jun
    weed does wonders lol
  11. 11 Jessica 08 Jun
    I can't sleep. I'm not doing well in school and it's 4:45 on a school night. I don't know if this is insomnia but I recognise the symptoms and they're happening to me. I don't know what to do. 
  12. 12 Ethan 30 May
    If you live in a state where it is legal, cannabis can work wonders.  Good luck.
  13. 13 Alexander 30 Mar
    I have chronic insomnia, have had it for as long as I can remember. Because of this I also suffer from depression. I have tried everything. Natural sleep aids make me throw up or don't work. Unnatural ones don't work. Tea, pills, exercise, changing routine. I have literally done it all. I have spent hundreds of dollars just trying to sleep. I have gone to the doctor multiple times and have either told me that there is no cure or, on my most recent visit, told me he believed I had seasonal allergies that only happen during the summer. (Yes, doctor. Because having the inability to sleep my entire life, is just because I have allergies in the summer) I honestly believe that for some people there is no such thing as a cure. 
  14. 14 restlessness 17 Feb
    I cant fall asleep until literally three am every night. I've grown used to it, though. it hardly affects me anymore.
  15. 15 sleepless in orlando 26 Dec
    What is sleep? Served in the military. Havent been able to sleep good since bootcamp. I dont like taking pills cause i feel like crap the next day. 
  16. 16 Salli 23 Dec
    I am actually reading this in the middle of the night because of my severe insomnia problems. I do take sleeping pills, but it takes a couple of hours to work. The negative side effects actually go with what happens with me during the day. Most of the time, I fall asleep in class and miss out on important notes. I just wish I can find an answer to this problem.
  17. 17 the 04 Nov
  18. 18 Snooze for Kids 27 Apr
    Thanks for sharing great tips and thoughts. This a big help for insomnia problems.