Will you EVER get back to sleep? The Insomnia Quiz
Whether it's a few sleepless nights from time to time or long-term insomnia, millions of people are tired. Test how much you know about how to get a good night's sleep -- and what to do when you can't -- in our insomnia quiz.
True or false: Insomniacs have difficulty staying asleep, not just falling asleep.
How many hours of sleep does an adult need every night?
8.5 to 9.5
7 to 9
5 to 7
Roughly how many American adults suffer symptoms of insomnia?
about 30 to 40 percent
about 10 to 20 percent
fewer than 10 percent
How many Americans admit they've fallen asleep while driving?
Which pair are effects of insomnia?
daytime sleepiness and low energy
headaches and upset stomach
both of the above
Which of these may cause insomnia?
All of these may cause insomnia.
True or false: Certain antidepressants may cause insomnia.
Which prescription medication is known to cause insomnia in some people?
alpha and beta blockers
all of these
Which hormone regulates the body's sleep-wake cycle?
What chronic health conditions are insomniacs at higher risk for?
type 2 diabetes
all of the above
True or false: Insomnia is never more than a short-term problem.
How many adults have chronic insomnia?
about 30 percent
about 10 to 15 percent
fewer than 5 percent
Which environmental factors may contribute to insomnia?
too much light at night
not enough light during the day
temperatures that are too hot or too cold
All of these may disturb sleep.
True or false: Eating a large meal before bed will help you sleep.
What is sleep hygiene?
your sleep habits
how often you wash your sheets
showering before bed
Which 19th-century novelist and insomnia-sufferer walked in circles until she fell asleep?
Who among these groups is at the highest risk for developing insomnia?
Which pre-bedtime activity may help ease insomnia symptoms?
lying in bed, waiting to sleep
having a nightcap
True or false: Sleeping pills may actually worsen insomnia symptoms.
Which over-the-counter supplement may help relieve insomnia?