situational insomnia
n. A temporary form of insomnia that occurs as a result of short-term factors present in a person's life.
'Doc, I've been up for three days. I need something for sleep — I feel like a dead man walking," a 26-year-old accounting student said as he was preparing for his CA exams. Though he's suffering the full effects of insomnia, his sleep difficulty is short-term, and should resolve quickly. … Yet unlike the accounting student's situational insomnia, our society is collectively suffering from a persistent lack of sleep.
—Shafiq Qaadri, “Why we can't sleep it all off,” The Globe and Mail, February 05, 2002
1981 (earliest)
Dr. Peter J. Hauri, director of the sleep disorders center at Dartmouth Medical School, says that while most sleeping pills ''are initially effective, most lose efficacy when used chronically.'' He says that sleeping aids are often appropriate ''in transient, situational insomnia, which may last for up to three weeks, but rarely are they indicated for chronic longterm use.''
—Marilyn Machlowitz, “As 75 million toss and turn, studies pursue secret of sleep,” The New York Times, April 21, 1981
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