Health Encyclopedia

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.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
Last Revised December 1, 2011

Last Revised: December 1, 2011

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

© 1995-2013 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.

USNWR 2013-2014Magnet Hospital RecognitionConsumer Choice2014 Best DoctorsJoint Commission Report

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.