A new study that examines the link between insomnia and raised risk of premature death concludes that persistent insomnia poses a greater risk than intermittent insomnia.

While previous studies have already shown links between insomnia and increased risk of premature death, they have not clarified whether the risk differs between persistent and intermittent insomnia.

Intermittent or acute insomnia is of short duration and often linked to specific events – for instance, not being able to fall asleep the night before an exam or an important job interview.

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