Statistics About Sleep Apnea and Related Sleep Disorders

As a Houston or Sugar Land, Texas resident, you may find yourself experiencing one or more of these statistics. If you need help with correcting the symptoms of sleep apnea, we will be happy to provide a complimentary consultation to discuss your treatment options.

General Statistics About Sleep Disorders and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

• Adults require an average of 8 to 8.5 hours of sleep each night.
• Sleep problems add an estimated $15.9 billion to national health care costs.
• Sleep apnea is prevalent in as many as an estimated 18 million Americans alone. This statistic denotes that approximately 1 in every 15 Americans, or 6.62% of the total American population have a case of sleep apnea.
• Two to four percent of all Americans have an undiagnosed case of sleep apnea. This accounts for approximately 1 in 50 individuals being undiagnosed.
• People that are afflicted with sleep apnea face a steep increase in chances of being part of a traffic accident. Due to the sleeplessness and lack of ability to concentrate that are associated with apnea, sufferers are six times more likely to die in a car accident.
• More than 263,000 children per year undergo tonsillectomies. Most of these operations are performed due to the presence of sleep apnea in the children that is caused by the tonsils obstructing their airway.
• A bed mate of a person with untreated obstructive sleep apnea can lose a serious amount of sleep! Due to the breathing and gasping of the apnea sufferer, the bed mate loses up to an hour per night of sleep. This was discovered when a study was conducted that measured the effects of CPAP treatment in helping the bed mate to sleep.
• People that have an untreated case of sleep apnea face a risk of stroke that is four times as likely as those who are not afflicted. Untreated sleep apnea sufferers are also three times as likely to have heart disease.
• On the average night’s sleep, a sufferer of obstructive sleep apnea may experience 60 apneas per hour. This accounts for an average of 400 apneas per night!

Sleep Apnea Statistics

• Over 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea
• An estimated 10 million Americans remain undiagnosed
• Over 50% of all apnea cases are diagnosed in people aged 40 and over
• More prevalent in men than women
• 4 to 9% of middle-aged men suffer from apnea
• 2 to 4% of middle-aged women suffer from apnea

Insomnia Statistics

• 20%-40% of all adults have insomnia in the course of any year
• 1 out of 3 people have insomnia at some point in their lives
• Over 70 million Americans suffer from disorders of sleep and wakefulness
• Of those, 60% have a chronic disorder

Narcolepsy Statistics

• Affects as many as 200,000 Americans
• Fewer than 50,000 are diagnosed
• 8 to 12% have a close relative with the disease
• Affects men slightly more than women
• 20 to 25% of people with narcolepsy have all four symptoms (excessive daytime sleepiness, sudden loss of muscle function, sleep paralysis, hallucinations)

Restless Leg Syndrome Statistics

• Affects as many as 10% of Americans
• Can begin at an early age and worsens with age
• Pregnancy or hormonal changes can temporarily worsen this disorder

Children & Sleep Statistics

• Over 2 million children suffer from sleep disorders
• Estimated that 30 to 40% of children to not sleep enough
• Children require an average of 9 to 10 hours of sleep each night

Women & Sleep Statistics

• Women are twice as likely as men to have difficulty falling and staying asleep
• Pregnancy can worsen sleep patterns
• Menopause and hormone changes cause changes in sleep

Older Adult Statistics

• Over half of those over the age of 65 experience disturbed sleep
• Those over 65 make up about 13% of the US population, but consume over 30% of
prescription drug and 40% of sleeping pills