Have you got orthosomnia? How your sleep tracker could be making your insomnia worse 

Insomnia Diaries Miranda Levy

Insomnia Diaries is a column by Miranda Levy in which she shares her experiences of living with chronic sleep problems. It is published every Monday at 7am

Because everything has to have a new and fancy label these days, why should struggling with a night’s sleep be left out? Plain old insomnia is so ‘early 2010s’: now we have flashy, scientific-sounding ‘orthosomnia’. 

The phrase originated in a 2017 report in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, after an American neurologist and her colleagues noticed ‘a perfectionist quest to achieve perfect sleep’. The phrase orthosomnia mirrors that of orthorexia, which has been used for the past 20 years as a buzzword for obsessively healthy eating....

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