Data reveals insomnia trends
Have you ever struggled to fall asleep? Stay asleep? Or, wake up earlier than you wanted or needed to? Insomnia is more than just a disruption of our sleep routines or the occasional sleepless night. Insomnia can impact all aspects of our lives, including social, economic and health care costs that total in the billions of dollars every year.
Treatment for insomnia is readily available. Options include over-the-counter (OTC) treatments, sleep hygiene approaches (going to bed at the same time each day), cognitive behavioral therapy and common prescription treatments, such as Ambien.
Shortly after a new treatment was launched into this busy marketplace, a life sciences company engaged Optum to better understand how its treatment was being used.
The client had the following questions:
- Which clinicians were prescribing the new medication and how were they identifying patients they felt would benefit from it?
- How do patients choose a medication to treat their sleep symptoms and when to use it?
- How has insomnia impacted patients’ lives in ways that can only be measured by interacting directly with patients?
To answer these questions, Optum conducted a two-part study that included the voices of patients with insomnia and the providers who treat them.