Quiz: What’s Your Insomnia Type?

Sleep smarter and beat burnout before it begins.

Many of us are overworked, stressed out, and on the brink of burnout due to an insufficient amount or lack of sleep. Take a cue from author and businesswoman Arianna Huffington, who learned the importance of sleep the hard way, after collapsing from sleep deprivation. Take the quiz to find out what kind of insomnia is keeping you from getting a full night’s rest and learn to reset your sleep habits so you can wake up ready to take on each and every day.

1. How many nights a week do you have trouble falling asleep?

a. Less than 3 nights a week


b. More than 3 nights a week

If you have trouble falling asleep 3 nights a week or more, you may have sleep onset insomnia, which can be triggered by stress. To combat sleep onset insomnia, adopt a stress-relieving routine that will calm your mind and prepare you for sleep. Try taking a bath, changing into pajamas, reading, or practicing acupressure. Acupuncturist Dr. Daniel Hsu recommends placing your index and middle fingers behind the ears at the base of your skull and pressing for 10-20 seconds. This acupressure technique activates the parasympathetic nervous system and may help you relax and get to sleep more quickly.

Watch: Acupressure for Stress Relief

2. How many times a week do you wake up long before your alarm goes off in the morning and then you can’t get back to sleep?

a. Less than 3 times a week

b. More than 3 times a week

If you wake up more than 3 times a week before your alarm goes off and can’t fall back asleep, you may have early awakening insomnia, which can be caused by low mood or depression. If you suspect you have depression, speak to a doctor and seek professional medical help. Otherwise, Huffington recommends making a list of the three things you’re most grateful for before going to sleep initially or meditating to fall back asleep after waking up.

Watch: Dr. Oz's Best Tips for Meditation

3. How many times a week do you wake up a few hours after falling asleep? For most people, this is sometime between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m.

a. Less than 3 times a week

b. More than 3 times a week

If you wake up a few hours after falling asleep more than 3 times a week, you may have sleep maintenance insomnia. This type of insomnia could be related to conditions such as acid reflux, which can be relieved by changing your sleeping position at night. Instead of sleeping on your right side, switch to your left side. The left side position can tighten the muscle band between your esophagus and stomach, reducing the amount of acid that travels upward.. For a longer-lasting solution to acid reflux, try this 5-step plan over the course of 10 days.

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