Definition of insomniac in English:

insomniac

noun

  • A person who is regularly unable to sleep.

    ‘I'm a terrible insomniac, I often write from four in the morning to seven’
    • ‘He appears to be assuming that we're all getting 8 hours of sleep, yet he's on record as a terrible insomniac.’
    • ‘The Welsh residents were most likely to have trouble sleeping, unlike those in Newcastle, and the researchers reported: ‘Wales is a nation of insomniacs.’’
    • ‘Looking at the comments and trackbacks, it seems clear that they're much more consistent during the day and night - which probably reflects a fairly international audience (or a lot of insomniacs and filthy drunks).’
    • ‘Many a night shift has been spent watching these thirty minute slots of idiots trying to sell insomniacs, TV addicts, drunks and shift workers the answers to non-existent problems.’
    • ‘Forget counting sheep - insomniacs count sleep, jealously, obsessively, the way some women count calories.’
    • ‘Christian Bale, who shed 50 pounds, stars as an insomniac who hasn't slept for a year and fears that they may be out to get him.’
    • ‘A new survey says insomniacs suffer from an abundance of happiness or creativity, but sleep deprivation isn't usually a reason to be cheerful.’
    • ‘Voice acting by many of the original cast members, or at least pretty good facsimiles, a fine soundtrack, groovy graphics, all complemented by gameplay that could drop a hardcore insomniac into blissful sleep inside of an hour.’
    • ‘An insomniac who hasn't slept for over a year, he finds himself drawn into a crazy world of delusion and paranoia, where conspiracy theories start taking over his life.’
    • ‘But peace comes like sleep does to an insomniac.’
    • ‘The insomniac is unable to get sufficient sleep for their daily needs.’
    • ‘Call me an insomniac; I only sleep a few hours a day if that.’
    • ‘An insomniac who sleeps only three to four hours a night, her energy was legendary.’
    • ‘Only a minority of insomniacs ever mentions sleep loss to a doctor, though, and then it's only in the context of other problems more likely to get addressed.’
    • ‘Always an insomniac, he'd been short of sleep for weeks.’
    • ‘Or, to put a positive spin on that idea, you might consider life as something that happens when you can't get to sleep - ergo, insomniacs live life to a greater degree.’
    • ‘It can help manage the hot flushes that many menopausal women complain of and can also help insomniacs get a better night's sleep.’
    • ‘A new study by MIT scientists and colleagues confirms that melatonin is an effective sleep aid for older insomniacs and others.’
    • ‘Placidyl is a ‘sedative-hypnotic’ developed to help insomniacs sleep.’
    • ‘Imagine, two PhD-chasing buckos arrived at the oh so-obvious conclusion that most English football matches would put an insomniac to sleep.’

adjective

  • Regularly unable to sleep.

    ‘as the host of an all-night radio show, Shepard would commune with his insomniac listeners’
    • ‘There was not even a trace of comfort in my little insomniac episode the other night.’
    • ‘I forget what he was on about, but that ‘miles to go before I sleep’ captures the way the insomniac mind keeps on travelling when the body wants to slip away for a few hours.’
    • ‘So, while I liked the picture for what it was, it's one that I really have to see again - and preferably not in the high-octane insomniac setting of a film festival - to really digest and pass judgment on.’
    • ‘But the man's music - he is some sort of insomniac violinist - reminds me of the time I lived next to Huntingdon Life Sciences when they got a new delivery of cats.’
    • ‘It causes drowsiness, so I tend to prescribe it in situations where someone's depression includes a marked insomniac component.’
    • ‘Trevor Reznik is an insomniac machinist whose loose handle on reality endangers everyone around him.’
    • ‘All the other insomniac kids may have taken their cue for suspicion of the wicked world from Shepherd, but what I got out of him was a wonder at the world one man could create.’
    • ‘Seems the only time you can watch a video is during the insomniac hours.’
    • ‘Discover that sharing a room with one's parents means putting up with an insomniac mother who loves nothing more than reading.’
    • ‘It's not the brand of forty winks single insomniac procrastinators are meant to experience so understandably it's got me worried.’
    • ‘At that time Bogota was a remote, lugubrious city where an insomniac rain had been falling since the beginning of the sixteenth century.’
    • ‘Anway, as I had so much random insomniac time, I spent a load of time reading.’
    • ‘Even at this early stage, we noted the slightly disturbing ability of these imaginary quadrapeds to suggest in the morning that they'd been moving about in the night, having doleful, insomniac consultations in the dark hours before dawn.’
    • ‘It might even explain the insomniac tendencies - that tends only to happen when I'm on a path of self-destruction.’
    • ‘The insomniac narrator is every-consumer, furnishing his apartment from catalogues, buying labels, feeling spiritually empty.’
    • ‘In Winnipeg director Sean Garrity's nervy followup to his first film Inertia, an insomniac psychotherapist becomes as unbalanced as his trio of patients.’
    • ‘Whiling away the insomniac hours in his luxury hotel's 24-hour bar, he meets Scarlett Johansson, a young woman deeply unhappy in her marriage.’
    • ‘I responded to Chris's comment in a blinding flash of insomniac inspiration (or delusion, depending on your perspective).’
    • ‘I was an insomniac kid watching telly until 3am, catching every late-night comedy show.’
    • ‘Yet again her insomniac tendencies won out as she knew that seeking sleep any time soon would be futile as well as foolhardy.’

Pronunciation

insomniac

/ɪnˈsɒmnɪak/