Which medical disorders have and etiologic role in insomnia?

Updated: Sep 11, 2018
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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In patients with insomnia associated with a medical condition, medical disorders may include the following:

  • Chronic pain syndromes from any cause (eg, arthritis, cancer)

  • Advanced chronic obstructive lung disease

  • Benign prostatic hypertrophy (because of nocturia)

  • Chronic renal disease (especially if on hemodialysis)

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Neurologic disorders

Neurologic disorders may include Parkinson disease, other movement disorders, and headache syndromes, particularly cluster headaches, which may be triggered by sleep.

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