Word of the day: insomnia
Definition: n. habitual sleeplessness; inability to sleep.
Etymology: L f. insomnis sleepless (as IN-(1), somnus sleep) (more…)
from Oxford: insomnia
n. habitual sleeplessness; inability to sleep.
Derivatives: insomniac n. & adj.
Etymology: L f. insomnis sleepless (as IN-(1), somnus sleep)
from Wordnet: insomnia
n : an inability to sleep; chronic sleeplessness [ant: hypersomnia]
from Wikipedia: insomnia; Insomnia, or sleeplessness, is a sleep disorder in which there is an inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep as long as desired. that can accompany several sleep, medical, and psychiatric disorders characterized by a persistent difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep or sleep of poor quality. Insomnia is typically followed by functional impairment while awake. Insomnia can occur at any age, but it is particularly common in the elderly. Insomnia can be short term (up to three weeks) or long term (above 3–4 weeks); it can lead to memory problems, depression, irritability and an increased risk of heart disease and automobile related accidents.Those who are having trouble sleeping sometimes turn to sleeping pills, which may help, but also may lead to substance dependency or addiction if used regularly for an extended period.Insomnia can be grouped into primary and secondary, or comorbid, insomnia. Primary insomnia is a sleep disorder not attributable to a medical, psychiatric, or environmental cause. It is described as a complaint of prolonged sleep onset latency, disturbance of sleep maintenance, or the experience of non-refreshing sleep. A complete diagnosis will differentiate between free-standing primary insomnia, insomnia as secondary to another condition, and primary insomnia co-morbid with one or more conditions.
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Birthday of the day: Georg Purbach; Georg von Peuerbach (also Purbach, Peurbach, Purbachius, his real surname is unknown) (born May 30, 1423 in Peuerbach near Linz – April 8, 1461 in Vienna) was a German/Austrian astronomer and mathematician.
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