Adults need an average of 7-8 hours of sleep each night to keep their bodies at peak performance. Although each person’s sleep needs differ, studies show that sleeping less than 7 hours a night on a regular basis may lead to serious health risks. Direct correlations between inadequate sleep and obesity as well as memory loss have been proven.
It is estimated that 70 million Americans have some form of acute or chronic sleep disorder. This is a conservative estimate as most people may not realize they have a sleep issue.
- U.S. population: 298 million people (Census Bureau, 2006)
- U.S. spends over $100 billion in lost productivity, medical expenses and property damages due to sleep disorders (National Commission on Sleep Disorders Commission, 1992)
- 70 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep disorder, only a fraction of which are tested and/or treated (National Commission on Sleep Disorders Commission, 1992)
- More than 18 million Americans are suspected to suffer from sleep apnea (SLEEP, 1992)
- More than 12 million Americans have restless legs syndrome
- In a recent survey 51% of adults admitted to driving while drowsy at least once in the past year, and 17% of which admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel (NSF 2002 Sleep In America Poll)