Sleeping Smart A National Online Healthcare Professional Insomnia Poll
Six in ten healthcare professionals do not feel that they have enough time to have a discussion with their patients about insomnia during regular office visits.
Eighty percent of healthcare professionals believe that their patients try over-the-counter (OTC) or store-bought sleep aids often for their insomnia symptoms. OTC treatments may be suitable for some patients, but it is important for patients to let their healthcare professional know all of the medications they are taking, including OTCs and to discuss appropriate treatment options and lifestyle changes.
Eighty-two percent of healthcare professionals believe that it is the responsibility of both the patient and the healthcare professional to bring up symptoms of insomnia during an appointment.
The symptoms that most often prompt healthcare professionals to discuss insomnia and appropriate treatments with their patients are:
The National Online Healthcare Professional Insomnia Poll was conducted for the National Sleep Foundation by WB&A Market Research. Online interviews were conducted using a survey panel between October 9 and October 15, 2008. In order to qualify for this study, respondents had to hold the title of either Primary Care Physician, Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant. In survey research, the entire population is typically not interviewed, but rather a sample of that population is polled. Therefore, the data are subject to sampling error. The maximum sampling error of the data for the total sample of 301 interviews is plus or minus 5.6 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.
Nearly 60 percent of those at increased risk for insomnia say that their symptoms affect their daily activities at least a few days a week.
Many people at increased risk for insomnia say trouble falling or staying asleep impacts their: