The Association between Insomnia Symptoms and Mortality: A Prospective Study of US Men
Background—Insomnia complaints are common in older adults and may be associated with mortality risk. However, evidence regarding this association is mixed. We thus prospectively examined whether men with insomnia symptoms had an increased risk of mortality during 6 years of follow-up.
Methods and Results—A prospective cohort study of 23,447 US men participating in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study and free of cancer, reported on insomnia symptoms in 2004 were followed through 2010. Deaths were identified from state vital statistic records, the National Death Index, family reports, and the postal system. We documented 2025 deaths during 6 years of follow-up (2004-2010). The multivariable-adjusted hazard ratios (HRs) of total mortality were 1.25 (95% confidence interval (CI):1.04-1.50) for difficulty initiating sleep, 1.09 (95%CI:0.97-1.24) for difficulty maintaining sleep, 1.04 (95%CI:0.88-1.22) for early-morning awakenings, and 1.24 (95%CI:1.05-1.46) for non-restorative sleep, comparing men with those symptoms most of the time to men without those symptoms, after adjusting for age, lifestyle factors and presence of common chronic conditions. Men with difficulty initiating sleep and non-restorative sleep most of the time had a 55% (HR:1.55; 95% CI:1.19-2.04; P-trend= 0.01) and 32% (HR:1.32; 95% CI:1.02-1.72; P-trend=0.002) increased risk of CVD mortality, respectively, relative to men without those symptoms.
Conclusions—Some insomnia symptoms, especially difficulty initiating asleep and non-restorative sleep, are associated with a modestly higher risk of mortality.
- Received June 18, 2013.
- Revision received September 30, 2013.
- Accepted October 3, 2013.