It may be difficult to get up for work after a night without sleep. However, when one night turns into many consecutive nights and you’ve gone a month or more suffering from lack of sleep, you may be suffering from chronic insomnia. Then, instead of it being difficult to get up and go to work, it may be close to impossible.
You May Be Disabled and You May Be Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits
While insomnia is not listed as a disability in the Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments, there are ways in which you may qualify for benefits. Specifically, you may be eligible for benefits if:
- Your symptoms are equal in severity to another listing in the Listing of Impairments.Symptoms of insomnia may include: vision problems, difficulty concentrating, memory impairments, headaches, and other issues.
- You meet a different listing in the Listing of Impairments. Insomnia may be a symptom of another health condition that will qualify you for benefits. For example, if your insomnia is due to a heart condition or a mental disorder, you may qualify for benefits if you can prove your eligibility pursuant to one of those conditions.
- You lack the residual functional capacity to engage in substantial gainful activity. In other words, your insomnia prevents you from working.
However you qualify, you may have a difficult time convincing the Social Security Administration of your disability.
Get the Help You Deserve
Before you submit your application for benefits, you must make sure that you have all of the medical evidence that the Social Security Administration will be looking for and you must be sure that it can be presented in such a way to convince the agency of your disability. This is difficult to do for anyone with a disability, but it is even more challenging for people suffering from a condition such as insomnia. Thus, before you submit your application for benefits it is important to consult with a board certified Social Security disability lawyer who can help you prepare your application and fight for the disability benefits you deserve. To learn more, please contact us directly via this website or by phone to schedule an initial consultation.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.