What is the Difference Between Insomnia and Sleep Deprivation?

What is the difference between insomnia and sleep deprivation?

It may seem like mere semantics, but the “opportunity to sleep” figures prominently into either definition.


This refers to one’s inability to get adequate and/or quality sleep, despite plenty of opportunity to sleep. If you can imagine people lying in bed all night, staring at the alarm clock, not sleeping, then you have a pretty good idea what insomnia is.

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