Nothing beats a good night’s sleep, although millions of Americans wouldn’t know it. Sleep deficiencies are all too common, and they come with risks to your safety, quality of life, and physical and mental health. Check out a number of stats on sleeping that prove much of America isn’t getting the sleep it needs.
40 million: Sleep disorder sufferers
More than 40 million Americans suffer from long-term, chronic sleep disorders every year. The list ranges from insomnia to night terrors, snoring to sleep apnea. Compound that stat with the additional 20 million who suffer from occasional sleeping issues every year.
18 million: Sleep apnea sufferers
Speaking of sleep apnea, about 18 million Americans suffer from it – and those are only the people who have been diagnosed. The condition involves the stopping and starting of breathing during sleep, and it can result in severe illness and injury. Car crashes are on the risk list, as are heart disease and diabetes.
8.6 million: Folks using sleep meds
Prescription sleep medications are the drug of choice for more than 8.6 million American adults, with more women than men inclined to imbibe. A National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found age has an impact on the need for sleeping pills, with folks aged 80 and older being the most active group. Theory says health problems associated with age make it tougher to sleep.
65 percent: Americans not getting enough sleep
The majority of Americans aren’t getting the sleep they need on a nightly basis, with the average adult requiring a shade more than eight hours per day.
30 percent: Americans using wake-me-up stimulants
Fewer than 25 percent of adults turn to naps, breaks, long walks or other healthy methods for combatting sleepiness. But more than 30 percent turn to stimulants.
100,000: Number of crashes blamed on lack of sleep
Driver fatigue contributes to an estimated 100,000 reported car crashes every year, with an even higher number probably not reported to authorities. Motorists lacking sleep can also be blamed for an annual 1,500 deaths.
90 percent: Mattress advocates
A comfy mattress tops the list for 90 percent of Americans who say it’s vital for a good night’s sleep. While mattresses may matter, another factor that impacts your sleep is your state of mind throughout your waking hours. If you’re stressed-out and anxious while you’re awake, you may find yourself sleeping just as fitfully.
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