Definition of insomniac in US English:



  • A person who is regularly unable to sleep.

    ‘I'm a terrible insomniac, I often write from four in the morning to seven’
    • ‘Imagine, two PhD-chasing buckos arrived at the oh so-obvious conclusion that most English football matches would put an insomniac to sleep.’
    • ‘Placidyl is a ‘sedative-hypnotic’ developed to help insomniacs sleep.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He appears to be assuming that we're all getting 8 hours of sleep, yet he's on record as a terrible insomniac.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It can help manage the hot flushes that many menopausal women complain of and can also help insomniacs get a better night's sleep.’
    • ‘Forget counting sheep - insomniacs count sleep, jealously, obsessively, the way some women count calories.’
    • ‘But peace comes like sleep does to an insomniac.’
    • ‘Call me an insomniac; I only sleep a few hours a day if that.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A new study by MIT scientists and colleagues confirms that melatonin is an effective sleep aid for older insomniacs and others.’
    • ‘The insomniac is unable to get sufficient sleep for their daily needs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Always an insomniac, he'd been short of sleep for weeks.’
    • ‘An insomniac who sleeps only three to four hours a night, her energy was legendary.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A new survey says insomniacs suffer from an abundance of happiness or creativity, but sleep deprivation isn't usually a reason to be cheerful.’
    • ‘The Welsh residents were most likely to have trouble sleeping, unlike those in Newcastle, and the researchers reported: ‘Wales is a nation of insomniacs.’’


  • Regularly unable to sleep.

    ‘as the host of an all-night radio show, Shepard would commune with his insomniac listeners’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In Winnipeg director Sean Garrity's nervy followup to his first film Inertia, an insomniac psychotherapist becomes as unbalanced as his trio of patients.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I responded to Chris's comment in a blinding flash of insomniac inspiration (or delusion, depending on your perspective).’
    • ‘Discover that sharing a room with one's parents means putting up with an insomniac mother who loves nothing more than reading.’
    • ‘It causes drowsiness, so I tend to prescribe it in situations where someone's depression includes a marked insomniac component.’
    • ‘Yet again her insomniac tendencies won out as she knew that seeking sleep any time soon would be futile as well as foolhardy.’
    • ‘Trevor Reznik is an insomniac machinist whose loose handle on reality endangers everyone around him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was not even a trace of comfort in my little insomniac episode the other night.’
    • ‘It's not the brand of forty winks single insomniac procrastinators are meant to experience so understandably it's got me worried.’
    • ‘Anway, as I had so much random insomniac time, I spent a load of time reading.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At that time Bogota was a remote, lugubrious city where an insomniac rain had been falling since the beginning of the sixteenth century.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was an insomniac kid watching telly until 3am, catching every late-night comedy show.’
    • ‘Seems the only time you can watch a video is during the insomniac hours.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’