Is it true that insomnia is a genetic disease?

This question was asked in Irvine, California on 01/18/2012.
Both of my parents suffer from varying degrees of insomnia. Does this mean that I will have a higher probability of being an insomniac myself?

Doctors Answers (2)

Richard J. Schumann Jr., MD
Answered on: 1/18/2012

 To date no genetic link has been identified with a Primary Insomnia.  Insomnia has many etiologies including psychiatric, medical, drug related, learned physiologic causes and poor sleep hygiene.   You don't necessarily have a greater chance of developing insomnia becasue they have it.

Even though there is often a family history of insomnia, a genetic component has yet to be determined.