Media use and insomnia after terror attacks in France

Robin Goodwin, Sakari Lemola, Menachem Ben-Ezra

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Direct exposure to traumatic events often precipitates sleep disorders. Sleep disturbance has also been observed amongst those indirectly exposed to trauma, via mass media. However, previous work has focused on traditional media use, rather than contemporary social media. We tested associations between both traditional and social media consumption and insomnia symptoms following 2015 terror attacks in Paris France, controlling for location and post-traumatic symptomology. 1878 respondents, selected to represent the national French population, completed an internet survey a month after the Bataclan attacks (response rate 72%). Respondents indicated different media use, post-traumatic stress and insomnia. Controlling for demographics, location and PTSD, insomnia was associated with both traditional (β 0.10, P =.001) and social media use (β 0.12, P =.001). Associations between social media and insomnia were independent of traditional media use. Interventions targeted at social media may be particularly important following mass trauma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-50
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Psychiatric Research
StatePublished - Mar 2018


  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic
  • Sleep
  • Stress disorders
  • Terrorism


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