Sleep is part of the “Triumvirate of Health” alongside exercise and nutrition with sleep deprivation clinically linked to a host of serious conditions.
- Recent surveys by the National Sleep Foundation in the US found that more than half of American adults experience one or more symptoms of insomnia a few nights a week, and two-thirds of older adults report frequent sleep problems.
- An estimated 40 million Americans have chronic sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.
- Insufficient sleep is directly linked to poor health, with new research suggesting it increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. In addition the combination of sleep deprivation and driving can have deadly consequences.
- Nearly one in five drivers admits to having fallen asleep at the wheel, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conservatively estimates that drowsy drivers cause 100,000 police-reported crashes each year.
- Sleep deprivation has played a role in catastrophes
- Sleep problems affect virtually every aspect of day-to-day living, including mood, mental alertness, work performance, and energy level. Yet fewer than 3% are treated for their sleep problems
- Sleep disorders affect nearly 44 million Americans, with an additional 35 million reporting occasional problems, representing roughly 28% of the U.S. population
- Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is more common in men aged 30 – 65 years, though it can occur in all age groups.
- Current data suggests it affects an estimated 4% of males and 2% of females in the UK.
- Research commissioned by the Government found a fifth of motorway collisions are caused by drivers falling asleep at the wheel and one in ten crashes on all of Britain’s roads.