Insomnia Is Contagious

Canadian scientists have decided that insomnia can be passed from one family member to another. The researchers from the School of Psychology at Laval University have found that the probability of “catching” a sleep disorder is 37%.


The researchers analyzed the behavior of 3485 people. All of them were asked whether they slept well and if there were any problems with sleep among their relatives.

40% of the respondents admitted that there was at least one person suffering from insomnia in their family. Among these respondents, 76% had only one relative, 21% of them had two, and 3% of the respondents had three relatives.

The risk of developing insomnia depends on the number of family members who are already suffering from it. The scientists have not yet discovered the influence of the genetic factor on the contagious nature of insomnia. Perhaps, the whole thing is in a disposition to restless sleep and anxiety.

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