Childhood health conditions and insomnia among adults in mid-life.

TitleChildhood health conditions and insomnia among adults in mid-life.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2023
AuthorsSheehan, C, Cantu, P, Powell, D, Tran, S
JournalAging Health Res
Date Published2023 Mar
ISSN Number2667-0321

BACKGROUND: Little is known regarding the influence of childhood health broadly and childhood health conditions specifically on insomnia throughout adulthood.

METHODS: Health and Retirement Study (HRS) Baby Boomers born 1954-1965 were investigated. We fitted regression models predicting self-reported insomnia based on twenty-three retrospectively reported specific childhood health conditions (e.g., measles) and general childhood health measures and adjusted for demographics, childhood socioeconomic status, and adult socioeconomic status.

RESULTS: Nearly all the measures of childhood health significantly increased insomnia symptoms in adulthood. In a model where all measures were included, we found that respiratory disorders, headaches, stomach problems, and concussions were particularly strong predictors of insomnia.

CONCLUSIONS: Our findings extend past work illustrating the "long arm" of childhood conditions for health, showing that specific health conditions in childhood may indelibly imprint insomnia risk.

Citation Key13132
PubMed ID37008305
PubMed Central IDPMC10065450
Grant ListK12 HD052023 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States