Sleep Disorders: The facts show you're not alone
Facts about Sleep Disorders
- 74 percent of American adults experience a sleep problem a few nights a week or more, 39% get less than seven hours of sleep each weeknight, and more than one in three (37%) are so tired all the time that it interferes with daily activities.*
- Most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night for optimum performance, health and safety.
- The body rests during sleep, however, the brain remains active and still controls many body functions including breathing. Sleep occurs in two sleep states, REM (rapid eye movement) and non-REM, in 90-minute cycles.
- Insomnia is a sleep disorder experienced by over 50% of Americans.*
- Snoring can be a symptom of a life threatening sleep disorder called sleep apnea, a condition that causes awakening during the night and gasping for breath. The resulting reduced blood oxygen levels strain the heart and cardiovascular system, increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Narcolepsy affects both women and men, typically developing in adolescence or early adulthood. The root cause of this disorder is unknown, with limited hereditary features. It is possible that genetic and environmental factors combined may be connected to its onset.
- Restless Legs Syndrome also affects children. A study of more than 10,000 families in the U.S. and U.K. found that up to 2% of children are affected and that more than 70% of those children had at least one affected parent. Other studies indicated that RLS is connected to a risk for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and a greater risk for more severe ADHD.
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