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Sleep Facts


Sleep Facts | Good Sleep Hygiene Measures | Latest Market Research Data

Sleep Facts

  • Insomnia is the most commonly reported sleep problem, affecting more than 30 million Americans
  • Women are twice as likely as men to have difficulty falling and staying asleep
  • More than 70 million Americans suffer from disorders of sleep and wakefulness
  • Research suggests that adults require an average of 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night
  • Research suggests that children require an average of 9 to 10 hours of sleep each night
  • More than 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea
  • It is conservatively estimated that 10 million Americans with sleep apnea remain undiagnosed
  • The peak incidence of obstructive sleep apnea in children is between 2 to 5 years of age
  • A study conducted on 72,000 nurses reported that snoring alone increases the risk of developing high blood pressure
  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 100,000 annual car crashes in America are attributed to sleep disorders
  • More than one-third of Americans have dozed off behind the wheel
  • Fatigue has been shown to mimic the effects of alcohol on driving; namely, both impair judgment, slow reaction times and decrease driver awareness
  • Narcolepsy affects as many as 200,000 Americans, and fewer than 50,000 are diagnosed
  • Eight to 12 percent of people with narcolepsy have a close relative with the disease
  • Narcolepsy affects men slightly more than women
  • Restless legs syndrome affects as many as 10 percent of Americans
  • Though restless legs syndrome can begin at an early age, it worsens with age
  • Pregnancy or hormonal changes can temporarily worsen restless legs syndrome
  • Sleep walking and night terrors are more prevalent among children

Good Sleep Hygiene Measures

  • Don’t go to bed unless you are sleepy
  • Use your bedroom only for sleep and sex
  • Get up at the same time every morning, even on weekends
  • Get a full night’s sleep on a regular basis
  • Avoid napping during the daytime
  • If you must nap during the daytime, limit yourself to a single nap of less than one hour,
    no later than 3 pm
  • Avoid caffeine after lunchtime
  • Avoid the use of nicotine during the evening or nighttime
  • Don’t drink alcoholic beverages within three hours of bedtime
  • Don’t eat large meals within three hours of bedtime
  • Avoid strenuous exercise four to six hours before bedtime
  • Try to create a very comfortable bedroom environment
  • Minimize light, noise, and significant changes in temperature in the bedroom

Latest Market Research Data


  • 30-40% of people with high blood pressure have sleep apnea
  • 70-80% of people with resistant hypertension (on 3 medications or more) have sleep apnea
  • Between 50-75% of patients with acute stroke were found to have sleep apnea

OSA and AFib

  • People with severe sleep apnea are at four times increased risk for atrial fibrillation (AFib)
  • The risk of recurrent AFib in people with untreated sleep apnea is 82%, but in people with AFib and treated sleep apnea the risk of recurrent AFib drops by 50%

OSA and Diabetes

  • 1 out of every 2 people with type 2 Diabetes has sleep apnea
  • People with sleep apnea are at much higher risk for obesity

OSA and ED

  • In a recent study, 40% of males with untreated sleep apnea have Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Sleep and Libido in Women

  • 50% of American women complain of low libido, and a majority of these have sleep apnea

Sleep-related breathing disorders and ADHD in Kids

  • Research studies indicate that between 25-50% of children with ADHD have underlying sleep apnea

Sleep and Polynocturia

  • Sleep apnea is present in about 80% of cases of polynocturia in both men and women
  • Treatment of sleep apnea in people with polynocturia results in a substantial reduction in frequent awakenings to go the bathroom

Insomnia and Depression

  • People with complaints of insomnia have a 10 times greater risk of developing Depression
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