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How prevalent is insomnia and who does it target?

Following on from our sleep habits by ethnicity post, we were interested in learning more about other factors that influence insomnia. Thanks to The Providence Journal, here is what we found:

In a study involving 403,981 respondents over the age of 18:

Insomnia Prevalence

  • 30.7% slept fine in the past 30 days.
  • 41.3% had 1 to 13 days of insufficient sleep in the past 30 days.
  • 16.6% had 14 to 29 days of insufficient sleep in the past 30 days.
  • 11.1% said they suffered from insomnia every day.

Insomnia by Gender and Age

Insomnia by Lifestyle

  • The unemployed are more likely to suffer from insomnia than those who are fully employed.
  • Retired individuals sleep the best.
  • Those with the highest levels of advanced education get the worst sleep.
  • No statistical variation in insomnia between those never married, married, divorced, widowed or separated.

Insomnia by Location (Related blog post: When it comes to insomnia the USA is not equal)

  • Highest frequency of insomnia in the USA occurs in the South East - particularly in West Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky.
  • Lowest frequency of insomnia in the USA occurs found in North Dakota, California and Oregon.

We found it particularly shocking that more than a quarter of those surveyed suffer from insomnia at least every other day.

On a more positive note, perhaps you suffer from insomnia because you are super intelligent.

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Last updated: April 30, 2010

This Article Was Written By

Martin Reed

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