How many people in the world have insomnia? And which age groups have the most sleep problems? Here are all the latest insomnia statistics of 2022 & 2023.
Everyone has trouble sleeping at some point in their life, whether from parenthood, noisy neighbours or general anxiety. Insomnia is a condition which makes it difficult to fall asleep at night, and it can be incredibly frustrating, especially when the cause isn’t clear.
To find out just how common insomnia is, we surveyed 2,000 US adults asking how often they struggle to fall asleep. We also analysed global search rates for keywords such as ‘melatonin’ and ‘insomnia symptoms’ to get a good idea of insomnia rates worldwide.
We found that:
In June 2022, we sent out a survey to 2,000 adults across the US to ask just how often they struggle to sleep. We used US data here as this tends to provide a good focal point for global comparisons. We also asked respondents to fill in their age and gender, and categorised responses into age groups from 18-24 up to 65+. We asked:
How often do you struggle to fall asleep?
How frequent is insomnia? Does it often reoccur? Our findings show that:
While sleep quality is not inherently age-related, there are a few differences between each age group’s experiences of insomnia. In order to find out how age can affect insomnia, we categorised our survey respondents into six age groups ranging from 18-24 to 65+.
Different regions experience different challenges when it comes to weather, city life and stress. In this case, does location also affect rates of insomnia? To answer this, we categorised our survey respondents into four regions of the US: Midwest, Northeast, South and West. We found that:
In light of our findings, we wanted to find out whether location continues to affect insomnia rates around the world. We used Keyword Finder to search for the phrase ‘can’t sleep’ to determine the search rate in each country. We divided this figure by population and multiplied it by 100,000 to find out the search rate for ‘can’t sleep’ per 100,000 people per country over the past 12 months. We also translated our search into each country’s main language to ensure that our results were accurate. In cases where the English variants had more searches, we used these results instead.
Due to several factors such as countries using different search engines and having different levels of internet access, not all keyword results are fully accurate. For this reason, we have excluded Iran, Sudan and China from our results due to search engine restrictions. Our results also include regions not officially recognised as countries by many governments.
There are many solutions to insomnia you can find online, including melatonin, changing your sleep schedule and adjusting your daily activities. In order to understand which countries have the most interest in recovering from insomnia, we used Keyword Finder to find out the search rate for the key phrases ‘Melatonin’ and ‘how to fall asleep fast’ per 100,000 people in each country.
To find out how the prevalence of sleep problems is changing overtime around the world, we used the tool Google Trends to analyse searches made for the term ‘Insomnia symptoms’, which found that:
Looking for more? Here are some more facts about insomnia worldwide:
Hopefully our data has given you a better understanding of insomnia and the ways it affects adults around the world. If you’re interested in more facts about insomnia and other conditions, check out our wide selection of articles on health-related topics via our website Helsestart.
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