Dozens of genetic regions associated with insomnia, study finds

March 11, 2019 - 3:30 am

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Do you suffer from insomnia? 

There are many reasons for having difficulty getting to sleep and staying asleep, but according to a Nature Genetics study that looked at data from more than 450,000 people in the United States and the United Kingdom, about 57 different gene regions were found to be associated with insomnia. 

Insomnia affects roughly 10 percent of people in the world, and since it has been linked with other serious conditions like heart disease, attempts to look at potential genetic treatments are important. 

While the research continues, take advantage of ways to hinder your insomnia through what is called sleep hygiene. 

Do not keep the television or radio on in the bedroom, and avoid exercise prior to going to bed. Don't bring laptops or electronic devices to bed either, and reduce caffeine intake.

All of these things can help.