Chronic Insomnia and Health Care Utilization in Young Adults

Adam D. Bramoweth, Daniel J. Taylor

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Abstract

Chronic insomnia is prevalent, contributes a significant economic burden, and people with insomnia have increased health care utilization (HCU). The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between chronic insomnia and HCU in a population with fewer medical/mental health problems, using current operational definitions of chronic insomnia and multiple measures of HCU. Participants with chronic insomnia had greater HCU than normal sleepers. Participants with chronic insomnia plus a comorbid condition had greater HCU than normal sleepers with a medical/mental health problem and participants with only chronic insomnia. The relationship between chronic insomnia and HCU was moderated by comorbid medical/mental health problems. Early identification and intervention of chronic insomnia may help reduce HCU and costs associated with chronic insomnia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-121
Number of pages16
JournalBehavioral Sleep Medicine
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology

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