KPRC Houston discusses “learned” insomnia, the idea that some patients tell themselves they have better things to do than sleep.

Ogle said she’s been to the doctor and they can’t diagnose her. But Dr. Todd Swick suggests that many people suffer from “learned insomnia.” Swick said it’s a real thing impacting the majority of people with sleep trouble.

By checking the baby monitor or clock every few hours, Ogle has created a learned state of insomnia. She’s basically telling herself she has better things to do than sleep.