J Korean Acad Adult Nurs.  2007 Dec;19(5):841-852.

Prevalence of Insomnia and Its Related Factors in Korean Women

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Nursing, Soonchunhyang University, Korea. ssj1119@sch.ac.kr
  • 2Division of Nursing Science, College of Health Science, Ewha Womans University, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE: The purposes of this study were to investigate the prevalence of insomnia and to compare sleep patterns, demographic characteristics, and obstacles for sleep between women with and without insomnia.
METHODS
This was a descriptive study. Study participants were 1,679 Korean women aged over 20 years. Information on symptoms of insomnia, sleep patterns, and related factors was assessed by questionnaire. Symptoms of insomnia included difficulties in initiating and maintaining sleep and early morning awakening.
RESULTS
This study found that 32.0% of the study participants had insomnia, subjects with insomnia had bad sleep patterns compared to comparison group, lower educational level and menopause were closely related to insomnia, and noise, temperature, lighting, presence of bed partner, intake of caffeine, frequent urination, and pain or itching were associated with insomnia.
CONCLUSION
This study suggests that insomnia is prevalent in women and closely associated with education level and menopausal status.

Keyword

Prevalence; Insomnia; Women

MeSH Terms

Caffeine
Education
Female
Humans
Menopause
Noise
Prevalence*
Pruritus
Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders*
Urination
Surveys and Questionnaires
Caffeine
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