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How Common Is Insomnia

How Common Is Insomnia?

Insomnia is very common and can affect people at any stage in life. It affects up to 10 to 15 out of 100 adults.1 It is more common in women and older people.

One study reported that about 20 out of 100 children has insomnia.2



  1. Fogel J (2003). Behavioral treatments for insomnia in primary care settings. Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing eJournal, 3(4).

  2. Archbold KH, et al. (2002). Symptoms of sleep disturbances among children at two general pediatric clinics. Journal of Pediatrics, 140(1): 97–102.


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerLisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
Last RevisedDecember 1, 2011

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