It’s important to know what sleep issues are not considered insomnia.  Here is a list of sleep disorders that may be associated with insomnia:

Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder caused by the brain’s inability to regulate sleep-wake cycles normally, which causes an abnormal daytime sleep pattern and also sudden muscular weakness often brought on by strong emotions.

Sleep Terrors are characterized by a sudden arousal from sleep along with intense fear.

Sleep Walking is when people engage in activities that are normally associated with wakefulness (such as walking, eating, or dressing) while unconscious of their behaviors.

Sleep Disordered Breathing is a category of problems such as sleep apnea or snoring.

Restless Legs Syndrome is experienced as an irresistible urge to move one’s body to stop uncomfortable or odd sensations.

Circadian Rhythm Disorders are types of sleep disorders that affect the timing of sleep (often caused by shift work or jet lag). For example, a person’s body may not want to go to sleep until 5am, even though they need to get to sleep around 11pm.

REM Sleep Behavior Disorder is a sleep disorder that involves acting out violent or dramatic dreams during sleep.

Hypersomnia is a disorder characterized primarily by severe excessive daytime sleepiness which is not better explained by a medical illness or other sleep issue.

 

If you think any of these disorders may apply to you, you can read more here…

SleepEducation.com (a resource from the National Academy of Sleep Medicine)

National Sleep Foundation