What is it?

Transient insomnia is a type of insomnia that does not last very long. It tends to only last a few days or possibly a week. This type of insomnia is often due to an interruption in a sleep schedule or an outside stressor. This type of insomnia is treated much differently than other types as the causes are often entirely different.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Adjustment insomnia

Signs & symptoms

Transient insomnia symptoms can occur at any time, either during the night, before trying to sleep, or in the early morning hours. Signs and symptoms may include:
- Feeling tired and disoriented upon waking up
- Mood swings and irritability
- Difficulty focusing
- Memory impairment
- Feeling clumsy or uncoordinated
- Reduced work performance and frequent errors
- Trouble socializing or engaging in conversation
Many people will experience a combination of these symptoms when battling transient insomnia.


Diagnosing transient insomnia can be tricky since it occurs for a short time. It’s hard to tell the difference between acute insomnia that only lasts a few days and simply having a stormy night’s sleep. Symptoms of transient insomnia that can help to diagnose this condition a bit easier:
- Trouble falling asleep
- Difficulty falling back to sleep once awake
- Trouble staying asleep
- Poor sleep quality
- Inability to focus or function during the daytime due to inadequate sleep


Treatment for insomnia may involve nonmedical therapy, such as developing better sleep habits or psychotherapy and sometimes medications. Use of over-the-counter sleep remedies may help. Transient insomnia, often caused by travel or stress, usually improves once the stress is removed or after the body has adjusted to the new schedule.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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