Idiopathic insomnia

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By Kyoung Bin Im MD and Mark Eric Dyken MD

Idiopathic insomnia is also known as or subsumes Childhood-onset insomnia and Primary insomnia. -ed.

This clinical article discusses a rare form of insomnia: idiopathic or childhood-onset insomnia. It is a chronic and serious inability to initiate and maintain sleep, often observed as early as the first few weeks of life. The most recent advancement in the treatment of this condition is the demonstration that melatonin not only improves sleep, but also improves overall health status in these patients.