Sep 24, 2019
WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Sept. 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Eisai Inc., the U.S. pharmaceutical subsidiary of Eisai Co., Ltd., announced today that data from its company-sponsored survey, titled "How America Sleeps and Wakes," was presented at the 2019 World Sleep Congress in Vancouver, Canada. The survey explored the impact of insomnia or sleeping difficulties on individual performance, interpersonal relationships and psychosocial behavior. The data show that next-day functioning is of high importance to people with insomnia or sleeping difficulties, yet most do not wake ready.
The survey was conducted online by The Harris Poll, on behalf of Eisai Inc., between February 14 and March 8, 2019, among:
"These findings demonstrate people with insomnia or sleeping difficulties view these conditions as more than just challenges of falling and staying asleep. Waking ready and next-day function are of prime importance," David Sheehan, MD, MBA, DLFAPA, distinguished University Health Professor Emeritus, University of South Florida College of Medicine and a "How America Sleeps and Wakes" survey advisor. "As healthcare professionals, we should consider next-day function as we treat patients. Our goal should be to help patients both sleep well and wake ready."
The survey also demonstrated household cohabitants are negatively impacted in unexpected ways.
"We know insomnia or sleeping difficulties can negatively impact the entire household, not just the person who is struggling with sleep," said Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD, Chief of Sleep Medicine, Department of Neurology, Northwestern University, and a "How America Sleeps and Wakes" survey advisor. "The important finding of this survey was the vast majority of cohabitants revealed that they are more likely to have a good day if the person with whom they are living has a good night's sleep."
When it comes to insomnia treatment, a majority of patients (70%) and cohabitants (81%) agreed it wasn't enough for an insomnia medication to help the patient sleep – it should also help them function the next day.1 Additionally, both survey populations reported similar top treatment goals:
"The survey findings presented at the World Sleep Congress underscore the need for new treatment options that help patients improve next-day functioning," said Margaret Moline, PhD, Executive Director and International Project Team Lead, Eisai. "Our efforts to uncover valuable insights on the clinical and broader lifestyle implications for people experiencing insomnia or sleep challenges underscore Eisai's commitment to developing new therapies for patients that may help them wake ready to take on the day."
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Complete research method, including weighting variables, is available upon request.
1 Eisai, Inc. "How America Sleeps and Wakes" Survey. 2019. Unpublished data on file.
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SOURCE Eisai Inc.