Sleep Facts

DID YOU KNOW . . . ?

• About 70 million Americans suffer from a sleep problem; nearly 60 percent of them have a chronic sleep disorder.

• Sleep apnea affects about 18 million Americans. 95% of these cases go undiagnosed and untreated.
• More common than asthma, sleep apnea causes 38,000 cardiovascular deaths annually.

• Sleep apnea is associated with high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, heart attack, pulmonary hypertension, congestive heart failure, stroke, mental impairment, sexual problems and injury from accidents.

• Sleep apnea affects more than
– 30% of coronary artery disease patients
– 50% of congestive heart failure patients
– 60% of stroke survivors
– 80% of drug-resistant hypertension patients

• Approximately 10% to 30% of adults snore.

• For 5% of adults, snoring is the first indication of obstructive sleep apnea.

• An estimated 200,000 people suffer from narcolepsy.

• More than 50 percent of Americans aged 65 and older have a sleep problem.

• The prevalence of sleep disorders appears to increase with advancing age, and as Americans age, an estimated 80 million Americans will have a sleep problem by the year 2010.

• About 25 percent of American children aged 1-5 have a sleep disturbance.

• Approximately 60% to 85% of people who have tried continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to relieve sleep apnea have been able to continue its use.

• Sleep disorders and sleepiness cost the general public over $16 billion annually; an additional $50 – $100 billion results from the indirect costs of accidents, litigation, property destruction, hospitalization and death.

• The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that 200,000 reported automobile accidents each year may be sleep-related.

• Individuals with OSA are seven times more likely to have car accidents.

• Physicians receive, on average, a total of only 2.1 hours of formal education in sleep medicine during their medical school training.