According to the American Insomnia Association, more than 20 million Americans have complaints of chronic insomnia, a condition in which an individual cannot fall asleep, stay asleep and/or wake up feeling restored or refreshed for at least one month.
"Probably more than half of all Americans experience a sleep problem at some time in their lives, and it's a serious problem for many adults. People with insomnia often complain of impairments in intellectual abilities like attention, memory or concentration, impairments in their mood, feeling depressed or irritable or anxious, and impairment in their ability to function in the workplace, at home or even at school," said Gary Zammit, PhD, director of the Sleep Disorders Institute, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, New York, NY. "Despite this impact on productivity, many are hesitant to seek treatment."
These results were not confined to this single study. In other studies presented at the APSS meeting this week, ramelteon also helped older adults with chronic insomnia fall asleep faster and sleep longer. Additionally, ramelteon demonstrated no abuse potential or behavioral impairment.
A total of 405 adults with chronic insomnia (mean age, 39.3 years) were enrolled in this double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Participants received bedtime administration of ramelteon 8 mg or 16 mg, or placebo each night for 35 nights. For four nights during the course of the st
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