Insomnia can be genetic, says study

Updated at: Mar 01, 2019
Insomnia can be genetic, says study

According to a recent study, genes of a person can be another risk factor of insomnia other than lifestyle, depression, stress and caffeine intake.

Varsha Vats
LatestWritten by: Varsha VatsPublished at: Feb 02, 2019

Insomnia is a condition in which a person finds it difficult to fall asleep. It is a kind of sleep disorder which do not allow you to sleep properly. According to a recent study, you can now blame your genes if you find it hard to sleep at night. The researchers have identified 57 genes which are associated with the symptoms of insomnia.

The included deep investigation of data collected from more than 4,50,000 people. 29 percent of the population included in the survey faced regular sleeplessness out of which 57 cases were genetic.

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The study was published in the Nature Genetic Journal which stated that 57 cases were related genes which were not affected by other known risk factors like lifestyle, caffeine intake, depression or stress.

"Our findings confirm a role for genetics in insomnia symptoms and expand upon the four previously found gene loci for this condition," said lead author Jacqueline M. Lane from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).

"All of these identified regions help us understand why some people get insomnia, which pathways and systems are affected, and point to possible new therapeutic targets," Lane added.

The reports have also focused on the link between insomnia and heart diseases. The research also highlighted that symptoms of insomnia also doubles the risk of coronary artery disease. 

"Insomnia has a really significant impact on millions of people worldwide. We've long known there's a link between insomnia and chronic disease. Now our findings suggest that depression and heart disease are actually a result of persistent insomnia," said another author Samuel Jones at the University of Exeter in England.

Previously, other studies suggested that insomnia also increases the risk of anxiety, alcoholism and major depression.

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