Insomnia and the eye of the beholder: are there clinical markers of objective sleep disturbances among adults with and without insomnia complaints?


Journal Article

Previous findings suggest that some who report insomnia sleep well, whereas some noncomplaining individuals sleep rather poorly. This study was conducted to determine if mood, anxiety, and sleep-related beliefs might relate to perceived sleep disturbance. Thirty-two women and 32 men (aged 40-79 years) with primary insomnia and an aged-matched sample of 61 normal sleepers (31 women, 30 men) completed 6 nocturnal sleep recordings, as well as the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), the Trait portion of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI-2), and the Dysfunctional Beliefs and Attitudes About Sleep Questionnaire. Sleep and interview data were used to subdivide the majority of the sample (n = 108) into objective normal sleepers and subjective insomnia sufferers who seemingly slept well and subjective normal sleepers and objective insomnia sufferers who slept poorly. The 2 subjective subgroups showed the most marked differences on most of the psychometric measures. The findings suggest that the psychological factors scrutinized in this study may mediate sleep satisfaction and/or predict objective sleep difficulties.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Edinger, JD; Fins, AI; Glenn, DM; Sullivan, RJ; Bastian, LA; Marsh, GR; Dailey, D; Hope, TV; Young, M; Shaw, E; Vasilas, D

Published Date

  • August 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 68 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 586 - 593

PubMed ID

  • 10965634

Pubmed Central ID

  • 10965634

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-006X


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States