What are risk factors for insomnia?

Updated: Sep 11, 2018
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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National surveys in England showed a modest but steady increase in the prevalence of insomnia from 1993-2007. The percentage of respondents reporting any insomnia symptoms increased from 35.0% to 38.6% over that period, while insomnia diagnosis rose from 3.1% to 5.8%. [49] The following features were associated with insomnia:

  • Female gender

  • Increased age

  • Lower educational attainment

  • Depression

  • Unemployment

  • Economic inactivity

  • Widowed, divorced, or separated status


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