Fast Five Quiz: Insomnia Types and Causes

Stephen Soreff, MD


July 15, 2020

According to a national survey in England, the following features were associated with insomnia:

  • Female gender

  • Lower educational attainment

  • Increased age

Women more frequently complain of sleep problems than men. Those with higher educational attainment have fewer concerns about their ability to sleep than those with less education. It has been generally noted that with increasing age come increasing problems with sleeping.

The following features were also found to be associated with insomnia: mental illnesses (especially depression and anxiety), economic downturns and unemployment, and family disruptions — death of spouse, separation, and divorce. Furthermore, insomnia increases the risk for hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, a compromised immune system, and obesity.

Learn more about the epidemiology of insomnia.


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