Many people have trouble sleeping from time to time; however, difficulty sleeping is much different than chronic insomnia. Chronic insomnia is a sleep disorder that occurs when an individual has trouble falling asleep and/or staying asleep throughout the night. In some cases, the insomnia is secondary, meaning it is caused by another underlying medical condition.
Side effects of chronic insomnia include:
- Trouble sleeping
- Depression or anxiety
- Trouble concentrating
- Feeling tired throughout the day
- Memory loss
- Gastrointestinal problems
Applying for Social Security Disability with Chronic Insomnia
Having long-term chronic insomnia can severely affect your ability to function and work. As the insomnia persists, it can result in a weakened immune system, weight gain, and a range of psychiatric disorders.
Unfortunately, insomnia is not a condition that is specifically listed in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) blue book. However, it is possible to qualify for Social Security Disability if you can provide medical documentation that proves your condition is severe enough to meet the SSA’s definition of disabled.
Meeting the Qualifications for Social Security Disability with Chronic Insomnia
There are many different ways that insomnia can limit your ability to perform daily activities and maintain a job. Long-term chronic insomnia can cause a number of disabling conditions and may be evaluated as such. Disabling conditions most often associated with chronic insomnia include:
Ultimately, applicants must be able to prove that chronic insomnia causes symptoms or side effects that keep him or her from maintaining gainful employment.
Applicants may qualify for SDD if his or her symptoms:
- Keep them from standing, walking, or completing other physical tasks
- Cause depression or anxiety to the point that it interferes with the applicant’s ability to follow directions or interact with coworkers.
- Have led to another serious impairing condition such as hypertension or heart disease.
Necessary Medical Documentation
The medical documentation an applicant will need to apply for disability benefits will depend on which listing the applicant is attempting to qualify under. If you are applying because your insomnia is causing depression, you will need evidence such as psychiatric evaluations. If you are applying due to heart disease or digestive problems, you will need physical examination documentation and test results.
Medical documentation commonly required when applying for SSD includes:
- Summary of all hospitalizations due to your condition and symptoms
- History of treatments and medications as well as the applicant’s response to both
- Doctors’ notes detailing applicant’s symptoms and ability to work
Hiring a Social Security Disability Attorney
Applying for Social Security Disability on the grounds of chronic insomnia alone will not likely result in an approval. You must be sure to provide adequate evidence that your insomnia is either caused by or is resulting in severe symptoms that prohibit you from working.
To present your case effectively, it is advisable to hire a Social Security Disability attorney. A professional well versed in the laws and regulations surrounding disability benefits, will help you get the financial assistance you need.