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Table 1 Attitudes and beliefs of sufferers towards their sleep disturbances.

From: Attitudes towards treatment among patients suffering from sleep disorders. A Latin American survey

  Sufferers
Sample size (women) 600 (310)
Sought doctor's advice 31 ± 1.9 %
Doctor assessed sleep disturbances 33 ± 1.9 %
Barriers to seeking medical help  
   Not considering the problem serious enough 45 ± 2.0 %
   Fear to become addicted 8 ± 1.1 %
Strategies to cope with sleep disturbances  
   Behavioral 67 ± 1.9 %
   Non-pharmaceutical 27 ± 1.8 %
   Pharmaceutical 14 ± 1.4 %
   Do nothing 19 ± 1.6 %
Reason for not employing prescribed drugs  
   Fear to become addicted 67 ± 2.0 %
   Considering sleep disorder not serious enough 35 ± 2.0 %
   Fear to feel drowsy or tired next day 19 ± 1.6 %
   Unwillingness to get medical help 16 ± 1.5 %