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Fast Facts: General Sleep Information
The NIH estimates that over 60 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, 40 million of which experience chronic forms.
Sleep disorders account for an estimated $16 billion in medical costs each year. The cost to US businesses due to the lack of productivity brought on by poor sleep is estimated at over $18 billion.
The Department of Transportation attributes over 100,000 traffic accidents, over 70,000 injuries and over 1,500 fatalities to drowsy driving each year. Related costs are estimated at over $12 billion.
The International Classification of Sleep Disorders presents well over 80 classified forms of sleep disorder.
Approximately 90 million Americans snore, 37 million of which snore chronically.
Approximately 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia.
Up to 15% of pregnant women develop restless legs syndrome during the 3rd trimester of pregnancy.
80% of patients that suffer from restless legs syndrome are thought to also have periodic limb movement disorder.
The National Sleep Foundation's 2005 Sleep in America poll found that 77% of respondents reported that their bed partner had a sleep disorder.
Those that were affected by their partner's disorder claimed losing an average of 49 minutes of sleep per night or over 300 hours of sleep per year as reported by the poll.
The NHLBI estimates that 18 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. This includes 1 in 25 middle aged men and 1 in 50 middle aged women. Snoring is one of the main symptoms of sleep apnea.
Sleep HygieneWhat's the Secret to Good Sleep?
In general try to build into your schedule time for eight hours of sleep and follow this routine as regularly as possible. Even on the weekends. Here are a few tips many people have found to be useful:
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