Home > Medical > Sleep Disorders > Insomnia Insomnia All sections in Sleep » About Sleep » Health Tips » Insomnia » Research » Narcolepsy » Sleep News » Sleep and Diet » Sleep and Travel » Snoring 10 things you should never say to someone who suffers from insomnia Health24 writer Marelize Wilke has been struggling to sleep since she can remember. Here are things people say that simply make it worse. Why can't I sleep? My mission to understand insomnia Sleep doesn't always come easily to some, and for some it's severe enough to be classified as insomnia. Sleepless nights? Insomnia may be in your genes A recent study revealed that your genes may be the culprit behind all your sleepless nights. Quiz Are you sleep-deprived? » Is your cat affecting your sleep? 10 facts on snoring What is insomnia? Insomnia refers to the inability to fall sleep or to maintain sleep, or waking up early and not getting enough sleep. Symptoms of insomnia Could you be suffering from insomnia? Here is a list of symptoms that could indicate that you have this common sleep problem. Diagnosis of insomnia In most cases, the cause will become apparent through closer inspection of your medical history and a physical examination. Causes of insomnia Struggling to fall or stay asleep? Here's what could be causing your insomnia. Risk factors for insomnia Not getting enough sleep and can have a negative effect on our health. Treating insomnia Over-the-counter medications often complicate insomnia. They may help you fall asleep, but sleep quality is usually poor. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Advertorial: Sleep and the immune system Advertorial: How to fall asleep faster ADVERTORIAL: Deep sleep is essential for good health ADVERTORIAL: Germs - How often should I wash my bedding?