How does the prevalence of insomnia vary by sex?

Updated: Sep 11, 2018
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Women are 1.4 times as likely as men to report insomnia symptoms. [50] Epidemiologic data indicate that 40% of women between the ages of 40 and 55 years report recent sleep difficulty resembling insomnia. [51]

A study by Strine and colleagues indicated that women who have menstrual-related problems are more likely to have insomnia than are women without such problems. [52] In fact, after adjustments were made for age, race and ethnicity, education, marital status, and employment status, women who had menstrual-related problems were 2.4 times as likely to report insomnia as women without such problems.

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