Personality disorder features and insomnia status amongst hypnotic-dependent adults

Megan E. Ruiter, Kenneth L. Lichstein, Sidney D. Nau, James D. Geyer

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Objective: To determine the prevalence of personality disorders and their relation to insomnia parameters among persons with chronic insomnia with hypnotic dependence. Methods: Eighty-four adults with chronic insomnia with hypnotic dependence completed the SCID-II personality questionnaire, two-weeks of sleep diaries, polysomnography, and measures of insomnia severity, impact, fatigue severity, depression, anxiety, and quality of life. Frequencies, between-subjects t-tests and hierarchical regression models were conducted. Results: Cluster C personality disorders were most prevalent (50%). Obsessive-Compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) was most common (n= 39). These individuals compared to participants with no personality disorders did not differ in objective and subjective sleep parameters. Yet, they had poorer insomnia-related daytime functioning. OCPD and Avoidant personality disorders features were associated with poorer daytime functioning. OCPD features were related to greater fatigue severity, and overestimation of time awake was trending. Schizotypal and Schizoid features were positively associated with insomnia severity. Dependent personality disorder features were related to underestimating time awake. Conclusions: Cluster C personality disorders were highly prevalent in patients with chronic insomnia with hypnotic dependence. Features of Cluster C and A personality disorders were variously associated with poorer insomnia-related daytime functioning, fatigue, and estimation of nightly wake-time. Future interventions may need to address these personality features.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1122-1129
Number of pages8
JournalSleep Medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Cluster C personality disorders
  • Daytime functioning
  • Hypnotic-dependence
  • Insomnia
  • Personality disorders
  • Sleep-wake perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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