Today people get less sleep than they used to. The majority of Amercian’s get less than seven hours a night in bed which for most people simply is not enough. Lack of sleep can adversely affect their overall health and quality of life. There are a variety of factors that can be at play and sleep apnea is one of the major culprits. Here are some of the more recent statistics on the sleep patterns of Americans:
- According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three people get less than 7 hours of sleep per night. For 35% of us, that’s not enough sleep. That number is even higher for Floridians.
- Teens need more than adults but often get less. The average sleep time of adolescents is six and a half hours. Nearly a quarter of them don’t even get that.
- One study found that long sleep on weekends helped to recover from a lack of sleep during the week. On the other hand, a short sleep on the weekend makes it even worse.
Sleep Apnea Statistics
- New research has found that up to one billion people worldwide suffer from sleep apnea
- Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea. It is estimated to affect 10% to 30% of adults in the United States but in many cases goes undiagnosed. One study estimates that up to 50% of women may suffer from sleep apnea.
- While obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that is most commonly associated with older adults however 1%-5% of children do suffer from it. Some of those children are misdiagnosed with ADHD.
- In the U.S. undiagnosed sleep apnea is estimated to cost about $150 billion in loss of productivity a year.
- Up to 83% of patients with type 2 diabetes suffer from unrecognized sleep apnea
The good news is if you are diagnosed with sleep apnea there good treatment options are available. After only three months of treatment, most people report an improvement in both their symptoms and their daily functioning.
As a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM), Dr. Pyle is part of an elite group of dentists who have met the highest educational and experiential standards. He possesses an in-depth level of knowledge in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea for kids using oral appliance therapy. Patients who could more conveniently visit a Davie, Plantation Dentist or a Fort Lauderdale Dentist often travel the extra distance to see Dr. Pyle because of his experience and dedication to sleep apnea treatment. Make an appointment with us today.