This work may not be copied, distributed, displayed, published, reproduced, transmitted, modified, posted, sold, licensed, or used for commercial purposes. By downloading this file, you are agreeing to the publisher’s Terms & Conditions.


The Extent and Impact of Insomnia as a Public Health Problem

Christer G. M. Hublin, MD, PhD, and Markku M. Partinen, MD, PhD

Published: April 18, 2002

Article Abstract

Insomnia is common in all age groups. Differences in definitions and assessment methods of insomnia cause difficulties in comparisons between studies. About 20% of middle-aged adults and about one third of the elderly report symptoms of insomnia, which are about 1.5 times more common in women than in men. However, insomnia disorders are not as common as insomnia symptoms. Indications are that prevalence differs greatly between countries. Insomnia is comorbid with many chronic illnesses, and data suggest that insomnia indicates a greater risk for depression. Both self-help methods and prescribed hypnotics are widely used in people with insomnia. Estimates of the economic costs of insomnia vary, illustrating the difficulty in assessing its consequences. With all of its associated health and quality-of-life issues, insomnia is justifiably considered an important public health problem.

Some JCP and PCC articles are available in PDF format only. Please click the PDF link at the top of this page to access the full text.

Related Articles

Volume: 4

Quick Links: