On the third day of the EAN Congress 2023 in Budapest, Prof. Claudio Bassetti and Dr Marina Τüzün presented the design of the Burden of Sleep/Wake Disorders: Excessive Daytime Sleepiness and Insomnia project and the initial results of the pilot study which is currently taking place in Bern. The audience at the session in the Scientific Theatre had the opportunity to learn more about the latest advances of the project and the substantial impact that sleep disorders have, not only on individuals, but also on society.
By combining the outcome of the burden from the patient’s perspective and the socio-economic burden, the study aims to evaluate the overall burden of major sleep disorders: excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) and insomnia (IN). The preliminary results show that the prevalence of patients with EDS and/or IN is 46% (89 patients of 195 who were interviewed), of which only 32% of patients with EDS/IN related complaints have been diagnosed with a sleep disorder.
The project leaders will soon publish the observational pilot study protocol, and discussions about expansion into the multi-centre phase are underway. The group also presented the study to the members of the EAN Scientific Panel on Sleep-Wake Disorders where a few members expressed their interest in joining the multicentre study.