Sleep consumes 1/3 of our lives. Yet few people will discuss their sleep problems with their doctors.
About 70 million people in the U.S. have a sleep problem, 40 million of these are chronic problems. (National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute)
The effects of sleep loss on work performance may cost $18 billion in lost productivity. (NSF 1997 poll on Sleeplessness, Pain, and the Workplace)
Adults in the U.S. average 6.9 hours of sleep each night, slightly less than the range of 7 to 9 hours recommended by many sleep experts (NSF 2005 Sleep in America poll)
75% of American adults said they frequently experience at least one symptom of a sleep problem in the past year (NSF 2005 Sleep in America poll)
25% of American adults say they don't get the minimum amount of sleep to be alert the next day (NSF 2002 Sleep in America poll)
Shift workers are 30-50% more likely to develop heart disease than day workers in the same industry.( references available)
The cumulative effects of sleep loss and sleep disorders represent an under-recognized public health problem and have been associated with a wide range of health consequences including an increased risk of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack, and stroke (2006 Institute of Medicine report: " Sleep disorders and Sleep Deprivation- An Unmet Public Health Problem")