Insomnia in the community

Singapore Med J. 1996 Jun;37(3):282-4.


This study is the first to document the prevalence of insomnia in Malays and Chinese in a Singapore community. The overall rate of insomnia was low at 15.3% with females and Malays at higher risk. Patients with insomnia had significantly higher sleep latency, awakenings at night, as well as a report of not feeling fresh throughout the day. There was an association between insomnia patients with increased stress levels, especially at home, and a higher rate of co-morbid minor psychiatric disorder. However, most patients do not seek medical help, and even less resort to sleeping pills.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Asian People*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Distribution
  • Singapore / epidemiology
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / ethnology
  • Stress, Psychological