Sleep and Sleep Disorder Statistics

Below is a compilation of interesting statistics that relate to sleep and sleep disorders. From this list, it will be apparent that there is significant amount of sleep issues and sleepiness in our society. The public health consequences from sleep disorders and sleepiness are staggering.

Sleep Disorder Statistics:

50-70 million US adults have a sleep disorder.

48.0% report snoring.

37.9% reported unintentionally falling asleep during the day at least once in the preceding month.

4.7% reported nodding off or falling asleep while driving at least once in the preceding month.

Drowsy driving is responsible for 1,550 fatalities and 40,000 nonfatal injuries annually in the United States.

Insomnia is the most common specific sleep disorder,  with short term issues reported by about 30% of adults and chronic insomnia by 10%

25 Million U.S. adults have obstructive sleep apnea

9-21% of women have obstructive sleep apnea

24-31% of men have obstructive sleep apnea

3–5% of the overall proportion of obesity in adults could be attributable to short sleep

Percentage of CPAP users who are adherent to therapy: 66%

Percentage of adults using melatonin : 1.3%

Percentage of bacteria that CPAP cleaners claim to kill: 99%

Incidence of narcolepsy: 50 per 100,000 people

Percentage who reported that snoring improved in bed partner with a mandibular advancing snoring device: 70%

Sleep Deprivation Statistics:

37% of 20-39 year-olds report short sleep duration

40% of 40-59 year-olds report short sleep duration

35.3% adults report <7 hours of sleep during a typical 24-hour period.

100,000 deaths occur each year in US hospitals due to medical errors and sleep deprivation have been shown to make a significant contribution.

Sleep Needs by Age Group:

Adult: 7 – 9 hours

Teenager: 8 – 10 hours

Child 6 – 12 years: 9- 12 hours

Child 3 – 5 years:  10 – 13 hours (including naps)

Child 1 – 2 years: 11 – 14 hours (including naps)

Infants 4 -12 months: 12 – 16 hours (including naps)

Sleep and Sleep Disorder Statistics


Institute of Medicine. Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press; 2006.

US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center on Sleep Disorders Research, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Drowsy driving and automobile crashes [National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Web Site]. Available at,

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7 thoughts on “Sleep and Sleep Disorder Statistics

  1. Kiran Reply

    Hey there, I wanted to know when these statistics were published as I am currently doing my dissertation and would like to include this data.

  2. Kiran Ladwa Reply

    Hey there, I wanted to know when these statistics were published as I am currently doing my dissertation and would like to include this data.

  3. Folker Wagner Reply

    Most comments are helpful for common people! But there is no adequate answer in case you have RLS!
    This fatal restless legs syndrome causes a vicious circle avoiding to rest nether the less you haven’t slept for days!

  4. Elkanah Frederick Reply

    If I don’t sleep during day and night at all for many years, which medicine should I take

  5. Rachel Gibbles Reply

    this article really helped me out in class even though i have problems sleeping. can some1 help me i think i have insomnia pls im dying 😉

  6. Amit Ghule Reply

    Thank you for compiling the statistics.
    We are collecting data for a project based on sleep related issues.

  7. vicky Reply

    thank you. your information was very helpful in my research and i appreciate all the time and effort you put into your work. you guys have done an amazing job.

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