2010-09-02 Men With Insomnia May Have Higher Death Risk - Study Shows 4-Fold Higher Death Rate in Men With Insomnia vs. Normal Sleepers


Men with insomnia have a fourfold higher death rate than normal sleepers who get at least 6 hours sleep a night, a 14-year study finds.

The death risk is even higher -- over seven times the normal death rate -- for insomniacs with underlying diabetes or with high blood pressure, find Penn State researchers Alexandros. N. Vgontzas, MD, and colleagues.

"Insomnia is a serious disease," Vgontzas tells WebMD. "We show insomnia is associated with physical problems. That is new, and it makes insomnia a health problem equal to sleep apnea."(Read entire article)

2010-09-02 Increased Risk of Death in Men With Insomnia and a Short Sleep Duration



A study in the Sept. 1 issue of the journal Sleep found an elevated risk of death in men with a complaint of chronic insomnia and an objectively measured short sleep duration. The results suggest that public health policy should emphasize the diagnosis and appropriate treatment of chronic insomnia.


Compared to men without insomnia who slept for six hours or more, men with chronic insomnia who slept for less than six hours were four times more likely to die during the 14-year follow-up period (odds ratio = 4.33). Results were adjusted for potential confounders such as body mass index, smoking status, alcohol use, depression and obstructive sleep apnea.(Read entire article)