Second Annual Wake Up America Survey
Sleeplessness at Home and Beyond
This year’s survey highlights the far-reaching effects of insomnia that not only disrupt the nights and days of the individuals with sleep problems, but also their partners. Additionally, the results delve into the myths and falsehoods about sleep that shape dialogue between people with trouble sleeping (PWTS) and healthcare providers (HCPs).
“It’s like trying to fight through your day as opposed to enjoying the day.”
PWTS, Wake Up America Survey Participant
Impact on Relationships
Arguing About Trouble Sleeping
41% say their
trouble sleeping causes
them to argue more
with their partner
35% argue at least
once a month
23% feel like they are
The Source of Tension
~1/3 of PWTS and partners who report arguing about trouble sleeping said it was about:
53% report their
trouble sleeping is an
their partner has to
‘pick up the slack’
with household chores
because of their trouble sleeping
slept in a
from their partner due to
their trouble sleeping
at the last minute
due to their trouble sleeping
Misinformation Runs Rampant
PWTS get many suggestions on how to improve their sleep …
Myths Around Treatments Are Widespread
an American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recommended treatment for insomnia, yet…
of PWTS, Partners, Primary Care Physicians (PCPs)
believe it is.
Disconnect & Dialogue
Changing the Sleep Conversation
as many PCPs (67%)
report asking about sleep in routine visits,
as PWTS (36%) report
A disconnect exists in what patients and PCPs feel is being discussed during visits:
Asked: Do you wake several times during the night and cannot get back to sleep?
Asked: Do you have thoughts racing through your mind while trying to fall asleep?
Asked: Are you unable to fall asleep in 15 minutes or less?
Asked: Do you have anxiety which keeps you from sleeping?
Stigma Around Treatment
who take or have taken prescription sleep medication
believe there is a stigma
with having and treating insomnia.
Which prevents PWTS from …
Talking to an HCP
about trouble sleeping
The lack of focused conversations between PWTS and their providers, myths, and stigma tied to the sleep disorder has created a perpetual cycle of misinformation and inadequate treatment outcomes.
These findings reinforce the need for:
More productive dialogue between HCPs and PWTS
Clear information on sleep and insomnia
Resources for PWTS to take action and improve their sleep
About The Alliance for Sleep
The Alliance for Sleep is sponsored by Idorsia U.S. and is a multidisciplinary committee built to promote education, awareness and research on sleep and sleep disorders. Its mission is to advance research, elevate the standard of care and improve the health and quality of life of those experiencing insomnia and other sleep disorders. Members of The Alliance for Sleep are paid consultants for Idorsia Pharmaceuticals US, Inc.
The 2022 Wake Up America Survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Idorsia from August – September 2022 among 301 Primary Care Providers (PCPs) and 301 Sleep Specialists specializing in Neurology, Psychiatry, or Pulmonary diseases who practice in the US and are duly licensed, 1,098 U.S. adults age 18+ diagnosed with insomnia or experience trouble sleeping, not diagnosed with substance abuse or sleep apnea, and, if they have a partner, that partner is age 18+ and not diagnosed with sleep apnea or substance abuse (i.e., patients), and 1,005 U.S. adults age 18+ not diagnosed with substance abuse or sleep apnea, who have a partner age 18+ diagnosed with insomnia or experience trouble sleeping and not diagnosed with substance abuse or sleep apnea (i.e., partners). Results for each audience were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population.
To complement the second annual Wake Up America survey – a quantitative survey of (independent samples of) PWTS, partners, and HCPs – Harris Poll conducted a series of qualitative in-depth interviews (IDIs) among pairs, or couples, of PWTS and their partner. A total of 20 individual in-depth interviews were conducted among 10 pairs of PWTS and their partner. Interviews were conducted separately, administered via webcam and approximately 60 minutes in length.
For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, please contact [email protected].