Insomnia, mental conditions, and SSDI Benefits

Although it’s not certain whether insomnia contributes to mental disorders or whether it is simply a common side-effect of substance abuse, mood, anxiety, or psychotic disorders, we know that sleep is important and psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and depression, are closely related to sleep deprivation. If you suffer from insomnia it is important to get targeted treatment for your condition.


Treating insomnia, especially if you suffer from depression, is critical to lower your risk factor for other conditions or to reduce the severity of those conditions. In fact, there is good evidence that insomnia is a risk factor for the development and/or recurrence of anxiety disorders and substance abuse.

Fighting against Insomnia


Insomnia may be short-term, lasting for less than two weeks, or it can be more severe. If the condition is fleeting you can treat it by going to bed earlier, going to sleep at the same time each day, avoiding naps, and avoiding caffeine.

If, however, the condition is more severe and does not abate within a few weeks you will need to get medical treatment. This is especially true if you have any other mental condition such as depression which can be exacerbated by sleep deprivation. Talk to your doctor immediately if you have developed insomnia and suffer from another psychiatric disorder. Work with your doctor to find the proper diagnosis and treatment that will allow you to get the proper amount of rest.

Can I get SSDI benefits for my insomnia?


Claimants with severe insomnia may suffer from a variety of conditions including double vision, blurry vision, muscle or mental fatigue, hallucinations, memory problems, difficulty concentrating, anxiety, headaches, and digestive issues.

If you have severe insomnia which limits your ability to perform physical or mental work the Social Security Administration you may be considering filing for SSDI benefits. First, however, the SSA will expect that have received proper treatment for your condition. In fact, they will expect that you have tried a wide-variety of treatment options which may include medications, psychotherapy, and relaxation techniques. If you have other mental conditions such as ADHD, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder, or dementia the SSA will also expect that you are receiving treatment proper for these conditions too.

SSDI and Insomnia


The SSA has two methods for determining whether a claimant is disabled and qualifies for Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI. First, the SSA will review whether the condition is listed in the SSA Listing of Impairments. Next, if the condition is not listed in the SSA Listing of Impairments, the SSA will review whether your residual functioning capacity is reduced to the level you cannot perform any available job given your education, experience, and training.

Is Insomnia listed in the SSA Listing of Impairments?


Insomnia is not listed in the SSA Listing of Impairments or Blue Book as a disabling health condition. However, if you have any another condition such as bipolar disorder or depression which accompanies the insomnia these conditions are listed. For more information you can review these conditions under Section 12. Organic Mental Disorders can be found in subsection 12.02, depression can be found in subsection 12.04 and anxiety can be found in subsection 12.06.

If your insomnia is not experienced in conjunction with any other disorders it may be difficult to prove it is so severe you cannot work. Talk to a disability lawyer for more information.