Reason behind insomnia more among women


Insomnia in women is higher than in males, suggests a new study on twins, published by Journal Sleep.

The estimated possibility of inheritance of insomnia was 59 percent for females and 38 percent for males.

“This study indicates that genes may play a larger role in the development of insomnia symptoms for women than for men, providing some of the first formal evidence for sex differences in an adult sample,” said study first author Mackenzie Lind, a doctoral candidate at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, US.

“Given the evidence for sex differences, it may be useful to specifically target females for sleep interventions,” Lind noted.

Insomnia is more common in women than men and involves difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep – or regularly waking up earlier than desired – despite an adequate opportunity for sleep.

The research team analysed data from the Virginia Adult Twin Studies of Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders, a large data set of approximately 7,500 participants.


  1. Has any work on insomnia been done in India during the last five thousand years? There was a time when civilized world of southeast Asia used to come to one of the fifteen thousand Indian universities to study medicine -among other subjects? Even if there is, the author of the present article because of his so called “modern education” probably taught not to read and write his own language but get so called “education” in a foreign language. Thus he is delinked from his own origin and taught to go after something that he/she is not and will never be. Hence the reference to VIRGINIA not India.