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It’s time for doctors to routinely ask patients about their sleep

Charles Morin from the Université Laval, Québec City, Canada and Ruth Benca from the University of Wisconsin, Madison recently reviewed insomnia for the prestigious journal, The Lancet.

They determined that insomniacs are five times more likely to suffer from depression or anxiety and are twice as likely to develop congestive heart failure and diabetes.

The consequences of insomnia don't stop there, though. One study concluded that insomnia sufferers are seven times more likely to abuse alcohol or drugs compared to those who sleep soundly.

These consequences become all the more serious when you consider that 70% of insomniacs struggle with sleep for at least a year and 50% suffer for up to three years.

It almost feels as though I'm banging my head against a brick wall here.

I've been calling for more insomnia awareness for almost three years now. I back up my claims with scientific studies. I hear insomniacs in my insomnia help forums tell me they feel neglected and have limited treatment options.

If we could just get doctors to routinely ask their patients how they're sleeping, maybe we can start addressing the insomnia epidemic.

Source: The Telegraph

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Last updated: April 9, 2014

This Article Was Written By

Martin Reed

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  • Doug Stewart
    April 5, 2012, 8:24 pm

    I’ve now adopted the position that the only person that cares about your health is you. Doctors (especially Family Medicine) have no training in insomnia – other than handing you a prescription for some nasty pill (in my case, benzodiazapines). Thankfully I have the time to do my own research – and this is not the only area where the medical system falls apart. Nutrition too. Doctors mostly know nothing about the two of the major causes of illness ((1) insomnia – which leads to depression, and if your Michael Jackson, suicide/homicide, and (2) nutrition – which leads to obesity, Type II diabetes, heart disease and stroke). That pretty much covers most of what kills us.