By On June 16th, 2010

Insomnia increases death risk threefold

Insomnia is typically seen as a discomforting condition rather than a life threatening disorder. However, according to findings reported at a poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, chronic insomnia is associated with a threefold risk of all-cause mortality. There are several potentialities leading to death as a result of chronic insomnia, such as changes in hormones leading to disruption of metabolic systems, accidents associated with fatigue, and lessened physical recovery from injuries, to name a few. Laurel Finn, MS, of the University of Wisconsin Madison, commenting stated “…clinicians should take these symptoms seriously and work with patients to determine the causes of insomnia, which can be behavioral, lifestyle-related, or environmental, and to treat the underlying cause.” Click here to read an article from the London Free Press that discusses this study more.

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