Sleep is essential for optimal daily function, but sometimes conditions like insomnia can prevent you from getting the nightly rest you need. There is more than one form of this sleep disorder, so in order to properly address your case, it helps to understand exactly what you’re dealing with. Here are the most common types and how they can be treated.

A Guide to the Different Types of Insomnia

1. Chronic

Long-term sleep troubles are referred to as chronic insomnia. Most cases are due to an underlying cause or medical condition, such as diabetes, depression, medications, and irregular sleep cycles. This is called comorbid insomnia.

Other cases do not have an apparent cause. Treating the underlying condition generally resolves the issue, but your doctor might suggest Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I).

2. Acute

Also known as adjustment insomnia, acute cases apply to short-term troubles with sleeping. It can be caused by a stressful event, sleeping in an unfamiliar location, jet lag, illness, or environmental factors like loud noises. This condition tends to resolve on its own. If it is affecting your physical or mental health, making lifestyle changes to better accommodate sleep—such as relaxation exercises and avoiding caffeine and screens before bed—can help you overcome your condition.

3. Psychophysiological

Those who excessively insomniaworry about falling asleep or getting enough sleep may end up keeping themselves awake, resulting in psychophysiological insomnia. The best treatment for this type of sleep disorder is relaxation. Programs that relieve stress and anxiety can help bring balance back to your body and mind, allowing you to feel more at ease when bedtime arrives.

4. Onset

Individuals with onset insomnia have trouble falling asleep. On most nights, it will take more than 30 minutes to fall asleep. Any factors that cause chronic or acute cases can prompt this issue, but psychological and psychiatric problems like depression, anxiety, and stress are common culprits.

Caffeine can also make falling asleep difficult. Prescription sleep aids, CBT-I, relaxation exercises, and sleep help programs are all potential solutions.

5. Maintenance

Maintenance insomnia refers to the inability to stay asleep through the night. It can also mean waking up too early and having trouble falling back asleep. Menopause, asthma, and sleep disorders such as sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome are some common causes of disrupted sleep. Treating the underlying cause will help you overcome your sleep issues.


If you’re having trouble getting full nights of quality sleep, then Peggy Sealfon-Stonewater Studio of Naples, FL, will help you resolve your insomnia and rest easier. As a stress and anxiety expert, personal development coach, productivity strategist, speaker, and author, Peggy travels across the nation using transformative techniques and customized approaches to help individuals overcome life’s challenges. She is dedicated to helping every client find balance and eliminate causes of stress, tension, and anxiety. Visit her website to learn more about available programs, or call (239) 821-2266 to start making strides towards better sleep and a healthier lifestyle.