An estimated 9 to 15 percent of people report severe or longstanding problems with insomnia. Insomnia is characterized by difficulty falling asleep, waking up throughout the night and having trouble going back to sleep,waking up too early and feeling tired upon waking. There are two types of insomnia. The first, priamry insomnia, is in which a persons sleep problems are not directly associated with any other health condition or problem. Secondary insomnia means that a persons sleep problems are due to health conditions such as asthma, depression, arthritis, cancer or heartburn. Also pain, medication, or substance usage(alcohol). Brief insomnia is often due to stress and relationship prblems, medications and illness, long work hours, caffeine or napping during the day. Insomnia can be recurent if we become fristrated or anxious when we cant fall asleep at first. The most recommended treatment for insomnia is regular sleep patterns. Other recommended treatments include hiding clocks, sleeping in a cool room and avoiding caffeine, napping, reading, watching tv or surfing the web before going to sleep. Over the counter sleeping pills have undesired side effects and lose their effectiveness over time. Research has shown that brief psychotherapy is a more effective treatment than sleeping pills. The biggest question that I have about insomnia is how many of the reported cases of insomnia are legitimate, and how many are just people who dont have a regular sleep pattern?