• Jeffrey B. Weilburg
  • Alan J. Gelenberg


Insomnia may be defined as difficulty falling or staying asleep, associated with compromised daytime functioning, that persists for more than 4 weeks. Most patients with insomnia have prolonged (e. g., greater than 30 min) sleep latency (time in bed to time asleep). They often have sleep that is shallow or fragmented by multiple arousals. However, no single disturbance of sleep physiology is found in all insomniacs. Some patients who complain of insomnia appear normal on objective measurements of sleep. Even patients whose complaints are matched by abnormal sleep physiology may have variations in objective sleep measures.1


Sleep Apnea Chloral Hydrate Transient Global Amnesia Hypnotic Drug Rebound Insomnia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey B. Weilburg
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alan J. Gelenberg
    • 3
  1. 1.Neuropsychiatry Section, Psychopharmacology UnitMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Arizona Health Sciences CenterTucsonUSA

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