Insomnia is no longer considered an innocuous malady. We are beginning to discover that insomnia does have a number of impairments associated with it. Many of these are cognitive in nature (eg, difficulty processing and thinking). It can affect personal relationships and produce daytime fatigue.
Issues beyond cognition include the development of metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and hypertension; a lack of sleep can even influence long-term survival and morbidity.
In this video, Dr Karl Doghramji discusses key points of a presentation he gave at PsychCongress. Dr Doghramji is Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Medicine, and Medical Director of the Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.