Sleep Facts

  • Snoring = Vibrational noise of the throat and mouth’s loose tissue caused from increased effort to breath and increased air speed passing by these tissues.
  • Sleep Apnea (SA) = a frequent complete disruption of breathing (suffocation) that occurs more than 5 times per hour for greater than 10 seconds at a time.
  • Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS) = a frequent increased effort to breath without total breath stoppage that causes repetitive disruptions in sleep and excessive daytime sleepiness
  • An estimated 70 – 80 million Americans snore occasionally and about 40 million snore routinely.
  • An estimated 63 million Americans claim to suffer moderated to severe levels of excessive daytime sleepiness. Some of these individuals suffer from sleep apnea or UARS.
  • Lack of sleep causes many problems. Individuals that have SA or UARS may not recognize that their sleep is being disturbed by their breathing difficulty.
  • Over a million Americans die from cardiovascular diseases each year.
  • Sleep Apnea can be a direct cause of cardiovascular disease.
  • 18 – 20 Million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea patients are:
    • 2 times more likely to experience high blood pressure,
    • 3 times more likely to experience a heart attack,
    • 4 times more likely to experience a stroke, and
    • 5 times more likely to be involved in an auto accident!
  • Mortality ( increased risk or premature death ) rate of men below the age of 60 is 2.7 times higher if snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) is present…symptoms found in sleep apnea and upper airway resistance syndrome.
  • Fatigue is directly involved in at least 31% of fatal truck crashes to the driver.
  •  Snoring & EDS has been linked to one cause of diabetes
  • Sleep deprivation & chronic fatigue is linked to weight gain. The data suggests that the current “epidemic of obesity” in this country is caused in part by chronic sleep loss.
  • For those overweight & snoring, a 10% decrease in body weight can produce a 50% decrease in snoring & SA.
  • Sleep deprivation or sleep debt at the time of (flu) vaccination reduces the effectiveness of the vaccination for the first 3 – 4 weeks after vaccination. It takes the body more time to produce the protective antibodies. Adequate amounts of sleep are needed for optimal resistance to infectious challenge
  • Kids snore too! Kids have SA too! It’s suspected that some kids diagnosed with ADD are probably suffering from symptoms of SA or UARS instead.
  • SA & snoring has been linked to poor learning performance in early grade students.
  • Children with lower academic performance in middle school are 3 times more likely to have been affected by SA & snoring during early childhood .
  • Drowsiness takes its toll:
  • It slows our reaction time.
  • Over 100 million people are driving while drowsy.
  • 14 million say they have fallen asleep while driving.
  • It’s attributed to cause over 100,000 auto accidents a year.
  • Drowsiness & fatigue is beginning to outstrip alcohol as a cause of transportation accidents.
  • Lack of sleep can undermine skills… Research has shown that staying awake for more than 17 hours causes the same slowed response level of one who is legally drunk! 17 – 19 hrs is a “normal” workday for many people … including surgeons, airline pilots, ship’s captains, bus drivers, & nuclear reactor operators