Risk Factors for Insomnia

Over 50% of the adult population suffers from insomnia. The risk factors involved are many and to avoid them you must know exactly what conditions can lead you to sleep deprivation.

Vasudha Bhat
InsomniaWritten by: Vasudha BhatPublished at: Mar 20, 2014Updated at: Mar 24, 2014
Risk Factors for Insomnia

Anyone can suffer from insomnia. Research suggests that approximately 55% percent of all adults suffer from insomnia in their lifetime. However certain factors which increase your risk of insomnia include the following.


Risk Factors of Insomnia


Insomnia is more common in women than men. This is especially true for periods of hormonal changes such as pregnancy and menopause. The hormonal changes of menopause that cause hot flashes and night sweats are believed to cause insomnia. Many pregnant women find it difficult to sleep well at night especially in the first trimester. The condition may improve in second trimester and then again worsen during the third trimester due to size of the abdomen and the discomfort and aches and pains of pregnancy.



Prevalence of insomnia increases with age that is insomnia is more common in older people (especially people older than 60). Studies suggest that 50% of people older than 65 years have some sleeping disorder.


Mental Health Disorder

The risk of insomnia is increased in people with many mental health problem such as mood disorders (such as depression, bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders (such as generalised anxiety, panic disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder), and psychotic disorders, (such as schizophrenia).About 90% of people with depression suffer from insomnia.


Risk Factors of Insomnia



People with stress are likely to experience insomnia. Any stressful event such as loss of job, financial problem, health issue, divorce, death or illness of a loved one, can lead to insomnia. In most cases stress induced insomnia is a temporary event but the problem may persist even after the stress has been resolved.


Low Socio-Economic Groups

People from low socio-economic groups, or who are unemployed are at higher risk of suffering from insomnia.


Shift Workers

People who work at night or changing shifts are more likely to experience insomnia.

Jet Lag

There is risk of short term insomnia in people who travel rapidly across time zones (that is jet lag), but the symptoms usually go away within a few days.

You must know the risk factors of any disease in order to eradicate it completely from your life. People who are at a higher risk of experiencing insomia, must be fully aware of the reasons behind its occurrence.

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