Transient Insomnia

Last Updated: October 22, 2018

Definition - What does Transient Insomnia mean?

Transient insomnia is a form of temporary insomnia often linked with a particular stressful event in which individuals are subject to disruptive biorhythms. A diagnosis of acute or chronic insomnia is generally based on concurrent underlying physiological and/or psychological health issues such as anxiety, depression, obesity, and intestinal pains. Although sleep deprivation is a relatively persistent occurrence, transient insomnia is commonly short-lived, lasting a couple of days up to a week depending on the circumstances involved.

WorkplaceTesting explains Transient Insomnia

Sleep disturbances affect a broad number of individuals, interfering with circadian rhythms to the extent that people are likely to display erratic behavior, impaired cognition, and marked negligence in job performance. According to statistics, insomnia contributes to economic downturns for employers as workplace accidents and subsequent injuries increase, incidentally, stagnating productivity. Transient insomnia is a brief episode of irregular sleep patterns that tends to be secondary to environmental conditions perceived as a distressing situation, for example, a new job position.

While transient insomnia is of short duration, employers are advised to remain cognizant to telltale signs of sleep disturbances including absenteeism, inefficiency, and irritability. A proactive approach designed to alleviate insomnia can potentially minimize and/or prevent liabilities. Cost-effective measures include incorporating the use of designated areas equipped with furnishings where employees can take periodic naps and/or ensuring ample natural light is provided.

Insomnia is a growing problem that may or may not require medical treatment depending on its severity. In the workplace, applicants and/or employees who assume new responsibilities may feel stressed, inducing transient insomnia that can still have short-term adverse ramifications. In sales, employees operate under strict guidelines that demand alertness, concentration, and immediate deals, but acute or chronic sleep disorders can undercut job performance.

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