What are the consequences of untreated insomnia?

Updated: Sep 11, 2018
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Treatment of insomnia can improve these patients’ perceived health, function, and quality of life. [55] Consequences of untreated insomnia may include the following:

  • Impaired ability to concentrate, poor memory, difficulty coping with minor irritations, and decreased ability to enjoy family and social relationships

  • Reduced quality of life, often preceding or associated with depression and/or anxiety

  • More than 2-fold increase in the risk of having a fatigue-related motor vehicle accident

  • Apparent increase in mortality for individuals who sleep fewer than 5 hours each night


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