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Do a lot of people get primary insomnia?

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Dr. Yo-El Ju
Neurology
7 doctors agree

In brief: No

Most cases of insomnia are secondary, meaning they are caused by other medical problems (pain, need to use restroom, sleep apnea, etc), depression or other psychiatric-medical problems, psychophysiological (a learned set of behaviors leading to insomnia), or substance-related (such as caffeine).
Rarely, insomnia is primary, but it does happen.

In brief: No

Most cases of insomnia are secondary, meaning they are caused by other medical problems (pain, need to use restroom, sleep apnea, etc), depression or other psychiatric-medical problems, psychophysiological (a learned set of behaviors leading to insomnia), or substance-related (such as caffeine).
Rarely, insomnia is primary, but it does happen.
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Yes? It is estimated that 10% to 30% of the us population may suffer from insomnia.
[6] [7] in every age cohort, women report more subjective sleep abnormalities than men. Insomnia increases with advanced age, although it may be related to poorer health in older people rather than to the aging process.

In brief: Yes

Yes? It is estimated that 10% to 30% of the us population may suffer from insomnia.
[6] [7] in every age cohort, women report more subjective sleep abnormalities than men. Insomnia increases with advanced age, although it may be related to poorer health in older people rather than to the aging process.
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Dr. Yu Sun
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 5%~10% in older

Primary insomnia is a sleep disorder not attributable to a medical, psychiatric, or environmental cause, and has a prevalence of 5%~10% in old people.

In brief: 5%~10% in older

Primary insomnia is a sleep disorder not attributable to a medical, psychiatric, or environmental cause, and has a prevalence of 5%~10% in old people.
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See sleep specialist

Sleep disorders cause more than just sleepiness.
Emotional issues such as stress, anxiety, and depression cause half of all insomnia cases. The sleep specialist can find the cause of the insomnia and treat your condition properly. Take care.

In brief: See sleep specialist

Sleep disorders cause more than just sleepiness.
Emotional issues such as stress, anxiety, and depression cause half of all insomnia cases. The sleep specialist can find the cause of the insomnia and treat your condition properly. Take care.
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Krishna Kumar
Psychiatry

In brief: Primary Insomnia Inc

Primary insomnia is sleeplessness that is not due to a medical, psychiatric, or environmental cause.
It is difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep, or suffering from nonrestorative sleep, for at least 1 month Primary insomnia is diagnosed in approximately 15-25% of patients with insomnia who are referred to sleep disorder centers following exclusion of other predisposing conditions.

In brief: Primary Insomnia Inc

Primary insomnia is sleeplessness that is not due to a medical, psychiatric, or environmental cause.
It is difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep, or suffering from nonrestorative sleep, for at least 1 month Primary insomnia is diagnosed in approximately 15-25% of patients with insomnia who are referred to sleep disorder centers following exclusion of other predisposing conditions.
Dr. Krishna Kumar
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