Will you EVER get back to sleep? The Insomnia Quiz
by Staff
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.

  • true
  • false

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?

  • 1 percent
  • 3 percent
  • 5 percent

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?

  • stress
  • depression
  • jet lag
  • All of these may cause insomnia.

True or false: Certain antidepressants may cause insomnia.

  • true
  • false

Which prescription medication is known to cause insomnia in some people?

  • ACE inhibitors
  • alpha and beta blockers
  • statins
  • all of these

Which hormone regulates the body's sleep-wake cycle?

  • testosterone
  • melatonin
  • cortisol

What chronic health conditions are insomniacs at higher risk for?

  • depression
  • type 2 diabetes
  • cardiovascular diseases
  • all of the above

True or false: Insomnia is never more than a short-term problem.

  • true
  • false

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.

  • true
  • false

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?

  • Jane Austen
  • Charlotte Brontë
  • Emily Brontë
  • George Eliot

Who among these groups is at the highest risk for developing insomnia?

  • women
  • men
  • adolescents
  • infants

Which pre-bedtime activity may help ease insomnia symptoms?

  • exercise
  • lying in bed, waiting to sleep
  • having a nightcap
  • relaxation techniques

True or false: Sleeping pills may actually worsen insomnia symptoms.

  • true
  • false

Which over-the-counter supplement may help relieve insomnia?

  • valerian
  • melatonin
  • glucosamine
  • both valerian and melatonin