Is perfectionism related to pre-existing and future insomnia? A prospective study

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The purpose of this study was to examine the role of perfectionism to pre-existing and future insomnia.


Based on a random sample from the general population (N=3,600), 1,936 participants filled out a baseline and 1-year follow-up survey on perfectionism (concern over mistakes and personal standards), emotional distress and insomnia.


The results from sequential logistic regression analyses showed that concern over mistakes was significantly related to pre-existing and future insomnia. When emotional distress was accounted for, none of the perfectionism subscales contributed significantly in explaining pre-existing and future insomnia.


The results indicate that though perfectionism seems to be related to both pre-existing and future insomnia, its role seems relatively weak.

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