Insomnia stats.

  • Forty-eight percent of Americans report insomnia occasionally, while 22 percent experience insomnia every or almost every night.*
  • Women are 1.3 times more likely to report insomnia than men.
  • People over age 65 are 1.5 times more likely to complain of insomnia than younger people.
  • Divorced, widowed and separated people report more insomnia.


  • Around 1 in 3 people have at least mild insomnia.


Strange facts. 

  • Insomnia can be hereditary.
  • According to a 2008 study, teens with parents who have insomnia have an increased risk for using prescribed sleeping pills, and having mental problems.
  • Pets and bugs can also suffer from insomnia.
  • Social jet lag can be a drag.
  • If you’re having trouble waking up on Monday morning, you could have “social jet lag,” a habit of following a different sleep schedule on weekdays versus the weekend.
  • Need a consistent sleep schedule including weekends.
  • Sleeping pills are still popular, despite their failure to cure insomnia.
  • One in four Americans take some type of medication every year to help them sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
  • There’s no evidence that proves sleeping pills can cure insomnia.
  • Women’s hormones may play a role in insomnia.
  • Sleepless nights and daytime sleepiness have been linked with hormonal changes in a women’s life, including pregnancy, menopause, and the menstrual cycle.
  • In rare cases, people can die from insomnia.
  • Fatal familial insomnia is a rare genetic disease that prevents a person from falling asleep, eventually leading to death.
  • Chronic insomnia left untreated increases risk of alcohol abuse.
  • People who drink alcohol to help them get to sleep could wind up developing a drinking problem, research suggests.


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