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Yet, only half of those at increased risk for insomnia have actually initiated a conversation with their healthcare professional about their sleep issues.

The survey uncovered that many people at increased risk for insomnia engage in stimulating activities an hour before getting into bed at least a few nights per week, including:

Completed Household Chores


Computer or Internet


Watched TV


More than eight in ten survey respondents think that people often or sometimes misuse prescription sleep aids.


Survey Methodology

This national poll was conducted for the National Sleep Foundation by WB&A Market Research. Telephone interviews were conducted between May 13 and June 2, 2008, with a random sample of 1,002 adult Americans aged 18 and over. 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 1,002 interviews is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

*Those at increased risk for insomnia experience at least one sleep problem (defined in the survey results as having difficulty falling asleep, being awake a lot during the night, waking up too early and not being able to get back to sleep, or waking up un-refreshed despite spending adequate time in bed) every night or almost every night and report that this affects their daily activities. The maximum sampling error for this subgroup is plus or minus 5.3 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

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