Sleep disorders plague Americans. The statistics behind how many Americans suffer from mild to debilitating sleep-related medical issues is astounding. Here are some sleep-related stats:
- Approximately 50-70 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder.
- Nearly half of Americans report that they snore.
- 37.9% have unintentionally fallen asleep at least once during the day within the last month.
- Driving drowsy is deadly: there are 40,000 nonfatal injuries and 1,550 fatalities annually.
- Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder. Nearly 10% of adults have chronic insomnia and 30% short-term.
- Approximately 25 million adults in America have obstructive sleep apnea. 24-31% are men, and 9-21% are women.
- Studies show that 3-5% of adult obesity is attributable to short sleep.
- About 37% of 20 to 39-year olds experience a short sleep duration, with this number increasing to 40% among 40 to 59-year olds.
- Nearly 35.3% of adults report getting fewer than seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period.
- It is estimated that 100,000 deaths occur in hospitals that relate to medical errors and sleep deprivation.
Sleep Requirements By Age
These are the recommended number of hours of sleep people need by age group.
- Adults – 7 to 9 hours
- Teens – 8 to 10 hours
- Children (6 to 12 years) – 9 to 12 hours
- Children (3 to 5 years) – 10-13 hours
- Children (1 to 2 years) – 11 to 14 hours
- Infants (4 to 12 months) – 12 to 16 hours
If you or a loved one suffers from the symptoms of a sleep disorder, rest assured you are not alone. Nearly 27% of Americans report that they have problems falling or staying asleep on a regular basis.
One such cause for concern is the increase in electronic devices which emit harmful blue light rays. Studies show that overexposure to blue light can negatively affect the body’s natural circadian rhythms, which can throw the body’s sleep schedule off. Professionals recommend not using electronic devices one to two hours before bedtime and wearing blue light blocking glasses, such as BluTech Lenses, to help further protect the eyes from these harmful rays.