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Insomniacs are More Likely to Experience Daytime Symptoms

Persons suffering from insomnia are more likely to experience various daytime symptoms, including a lack of alertness, negative mood and sleepiness.

This research abstract that will be presented at the 20th anniversary SLEEP meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS) at Salt Lake City’s Salt Palace Convention Center from June 17-22.

D.J. Buysse and colleagues of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine studied 47 subjects with primary insomnia and 18 good sleepers, who underwent diagnostic and baseline symptom evaluations and completed visual analog scale symptom ratings on hand-held computers four times per day for one week.

The authors conducted a functional principal components analysis, and used the scores derived from the primary insomnia group to contrast insomniacs and good sleepers. It was discovered that the primary insomnia group had significantly worse scores than good sleepers in the categories of termed alert cognition, negative mood, positive mood and level of fatigue/sleepiness.

Insomnia is a classification of sleep disorders in which a person has trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or waking up too early. These disorders may also be defined by an overall poor quality of sleep. Insomnia is a condition that is suffered by thirty percent of the U.S. population. Some medical conditions cause insomnia, or it may be a side effect of a medication. A person with insomnia may feel tired during the day, have trouble concentrating at work or fall asleep during the day. For most people, insomnia lasts only a few days and goes away without treatment, but stress or depression can cause a higher level of insomnia that may last for several weeks. This kind of insomnia may not go away on its own. In this case, persons are advised to consult with their primary care physician, who will determine whether a visit to a sleep specialist is necessary.

The annual SLEEP meeting brings together an international body of 5,000 leading researchers and clinicians in the field of sleep medicine to present and discuss new findings and medical developments related to sleep and sleep disorders.

More than 1,000 research abstracts will be presented during the meeting, which is a joint venture of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the Sleep Research Society (SRS). This will bring to light new findings that enhance the understanding of the processes of sleep and aid the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders such as insomnia, narcolepsy and sleep apnea.

Source: American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Insomniacs are More Likely to Experience Daytime Symptoms

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Insomniacs are More Likely to Experience Daytime Symptoms. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 20, 2019, from
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