Insomnia and health-related quality of life

Sleep Med Rev. 2010 Feb;14(1):69-82. doi: 10.1016/j.smrv.2009.07.004. Epub 2009 Dec 4.


Health-related Quality of Life (HRQoL) has become an important construct in contemporary medicine and health care, permitting assessment of disorder burden and evaluation of interventions on various aspects of functioning, in a standardized manner. Here we review literature on the measurement of HRQoL in insomnia populations, and the extent to which insomnia treatment improves domains of HRQoL. It is concluded from the relatively small literature that insomnia impacts on diverse areas of HRQoL, and that both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions can produce, to varying degrees, improvements in domains spanning physical, social and emotional functioning. Limitations of the current literature are identified; with particular emphasis on measurement and conceptual shortcomings. Suggestions are made in relation to improving the quality of future research, and how to further shed light on the impact of insomnia - and treatment thereof - on both HRQoL and global quality of life.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cost of Illness
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Quality of Life / psychology*
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / psychology*