How Common is OSAS?

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Don McLaughlin - Sleep Facts

How Common is Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS)?

  • This is the most serious of the three categories of sleep disorders we will talk about.
  • In a study by the National Sleep Foundation, 67% of adults reported that their partner snores.
  • Many couples sleep separately to minimize the problems caused by chronic loud snoring.
  • It’s estimated that 20% of men and 5% of women in their thirties snore; 60% of men and 40% of women in their sixties snore; and 40% of adults older than 40 snore (approx. 87 million Americans). ­ About 35% of habitual snorers are estimated to have obstructive sleep apnea (OSAS), which is a staggering percentage of the population.
  • However, of most concern is the fact that about 80­90% of people with OSAS are not diagnosed, implying that a significant number of snorers have undiagnosed OSAS.
  • Twenty­five percent of men and 10% of women suffer from some form of OSAS (approx. 30 million Americans).
  • Fewer than 10% of OSAS sufferers have been diagnosed (approx. 3 million Americans). ­ Of those diagnosed with OSAS, fewer than 25% have been successfully treated.