Insomnia was a topic covered at the annual meeting of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, reports Healio.

“Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is often underrecognized and undertreated in outpatient settings,” Veronica Wilbur, PhD, APRN-FNP, CNE, FAANP, assistant professor, West Chester University of Pennsylvania wrote in her poster. “Primary care nurse practitioners may lack the knowledge to ask appropriate questions to guide diagnosis and management of insomnia.”

According to the Sleep Management Institute, an estimated 30% to 50% of the general U.S. population is affected by insomnia, while 10% of this group have chronic insomnia. The condition generally affects women more often than men, tends to increase as a person gets older and is typically more common in chronic alcoholics, lower income groups, and patients with mental health disorders.

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