The latest insomnia statistics may surprising – and not what comes to mind when you're lying wide awake at 3 a.m. staring at the ceiling fan.
Yet, when it seems as though you're the only person in the world who isn't sound asleep, the following insomnia facts and figures will show that you've got plenty of company.
General Insomnia Statistics
- People today sleep 20% less than they did 100 years ago.
- More than 30% of the population suffers from insomnia.
- One in three people suffer from some form of insomnia during their lifetime.
- More than half of Americans lose sleep due to stress and/or anxiety.
- Between 40% and 60% of people over the age of 60 suffer from insomnia.
- Women are up to twice as likely to suffer from insomnia than men.
- Approximately 35% of insomniacs have a family history of insomnia.
- 90% of people who suffer from depression also experience insomnia.
- Approximately 10 million people in the U.S. use prescription sleep aids.
- People who suffer from sleep deprivation are 27% more likely to become overweight or obese. There is also a link between weight gain and sleep apnea.
- A National Sleep Foundation Poll shows that 60% of people have driven while feeling sleepy (and 37% admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel) in the past year.
- A recent Consumer Reports survey showed the top reason couples gave for avoiding sex was "too tired or need sleep."
Financial Implications of Insomnia
The data surrounding insomnia aren't confined to the relationship between insomnia and health. This sleep disorder costs government and industry billions of dollars a year.
- The Institute of Medicine estimates that hundreds of billions of dollars are spent annually on medical costs that are directly related to sleep disorders.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that 100,000 vehicle accidents occur annually drowsy driving. An estimated 1,500 die each year in these collisions.
- Employers spend approximately $3,200 more in health care costs on employees with sleep problems than for those who sleep well.
- According to the US Surgeon General, insomnia costs the U.S. Government more than $15 billion per year in health care costs.
- Statistics also show that US industry loses about $150 billion each year because of sleep deprived workers. This takes into account absenteeism and lost productivity.
These sobering statistics underscore the importance of enhancing sleep disorder awareness and why individuals need to seek immediate treatment for the health and the well-being of others.
Sources: National Sleep Foundation, Better Sleep Council, Gallup Polls, Institute of Medicine, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, US Surgeon General's Office
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