- People today sleep 20% less than they did 100 years ago.
- More than 30% of the population suffers from insomnia.
- 1 in 3 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 as 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 72% 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 Report survey showed the top reason couples gave for avoiding sex was “to tired or need sleep.”
Financial Implications of Insomnia
Insomnia statistics aren’t confirmed 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 and Safety Administration statistics show that 100,000 vehicle accidents occur annually due to drowsy driving. An estimated 1,500 die each year in these collisions.
- Employers spend approximately $3,200 more in the healthcare costs on employees with sleep problems than for those who sleep well.
- According to the U.S. Surgeon General, insomnia costs the U.S. Government more than $15 billion per year in healthcare costs.
- Statistics also show that the U.S. industry loses about $150 billion each year because of sleep deprived workers. This takes into account absenteeism and lost productivity.
Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.