Idorsia Pharmaceuticals: The Night & Day Impact of Insomnia
What this biotech is doing to educate and strengthen the insomnia community
As part of Sleep Awareness Week®, we welcome the contributions and perspectives of our sponsors. National Sleep Foundation (NSF) recognizes our Sleep Awareness Week 2023 Sponsors for their support of our sleep health mission and notes the information provided below does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of NSF.
Idorsia is a biotech start-up like no other, founded in 2017 by a husband-and-wife physician team, Jean-Paul and Martine Clozel. Idorsia set its sights on one of the most prevalent sleep disorders, insomnia, estimated to impact 25 million US adults ,, because Idorsia saw insomnia and its consequences were not prioritized by the general public or medical community. Rooted in science and innovation, Idorsia is committed to raising awareness of the importance of sleep for overall health during National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep Awareness Week® and all year long.
We understand that while insomnia is characterized by difficulty falling or staying asleep during the night, the impact of insomnia is pervasive and extends not only into the daily lives of people with the disorder, but also to their relationships with others. To shed light and gain more understanding of the toll of insomnia, Idorsia and our committee, The Alliance for Sleep, conducted a survey of people with trouble sleeping, their partners and healthcare providers. You can learn more about our Wake Up America survey and its findings here.
Because Idorsia believes that the persistence of sleep myths and stigma can stand in the way of productive conversations between patients and providers, as well as effective treatment of insomnia, Idorsia created The Quest for Sleep, a feature-length documentary that follows the lives of real people who struggle on their journey with insomnia. You can watch The Quest for Sleep here.
To provide further support, Idorsia has also launched our Seize the Night & Day campaign, which offers resources on the science of sleep and a range of tips, including ones that help empower people to talk to their healthcare providers about their nights and days.
A Word from the National Sleep Foundation
Beyond having difficulty falling and/or staying asleep, people who are diagnosed with insomnia also complain about their next day, including the ability to function doing what they like or need to do. These effects vary from person to person and can range from fatigue to anxiety, mood swings, and difficulty doing even routine things. If you tried healthy sleep behaviors but still are experiencing symptoms and aren’t getting enough of the quality sleep you need, it’s time to talk to your healthcare provider about what you might do next. Learn more about insomnia here.
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