Fast Five Quiz: Insomnia Management

Jasvinder P. Chawla, MD, MBA


October 13, 2020

Figure. Conceptual artwork representing insomnia.

Insomnia is common in women with menstrual-related problems. In fact, after adjusting for age, race and ethnicity, education, marital status, and employment status, women with menstrual-related problems were 2.4 times more likely to report insomnia than women without such problems.

Overall, women are 1.4 times more likely to report symptoms of insomnia than men. The likelihood of insomnia increases with age due to greater psychosocial stressors, losses, and medical illnesses. The prevalence of chronic insomnia is 25% in the general population of adults, but it increases to nearly 50% among older adults.

There are also differences in the prevalence and severity of disordered sleep symptoms by ethnic groups. Although Black people have a higher prevalence and greater severity of sleep-disordered breathing than White people, White people report more insomnia symptoms.

Learn more about the epidemiology of insomnia.


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