Sleep Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about sleep.

How does insomnia affect a person’s health?

Dr. Lauricella discusses how insomnia affects a person’s health. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.



Insomnia is having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Though events throughout people’s lives can cause temporary insomnia, chronic insomnia – which lasts at least three nights per week for more than a month – can lead to other health problems.

Living with insomnia can be frustrating if you are lying awake watching the clock, hoping to fall asleep, but it also can be bad for your health. Getting little sleep because of the condition can cause you to be drowsy, according to the NIH, which can lead to a lack of focus, causing a higher risk of falling and of car crashes.

A University of Wisconsin Health Services department published information about a study that showed other health problems that could be caused by insomnia. These health problems include that people with insomnia:

  • Are five times more likely to experience anxiety and depression
  • Have a two times higher risk of congestive heart failure and diabetes
  • Are seven times more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs

Talk with your doctor for more information about how insomnia can affect your health.

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Mansi Amin, MD, SureCare Medical Center; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Kaibas, DO, Upper Valley Cardiology; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Angela Long-Prentice, MD, Northwest Dayton Physicians; Erin Mathews, MD, Vandalia Medical Center; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Tammy Taylor, MD, The Pediatric Group; Pam Werner, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; J. Layne Moore, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians

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