124 Of The Latest Sleep Statistics That You Need To Know

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Sleep is an important part of overall health. If you are not getting enough sleep or have trouble sleeping, it may be comforting to learn that you are not alone. Keep reading to educate yourself on the latest sleep statistics.

Sleep Statistics

Sleep Disorder Statistics

1. Women have a lifetime risk of insomnia that is as much as 40% higher than that of men. (National Library Of Medicine, Biotech Information)

2. 50-70 million US adults have a sleep disorder. (Sleep Association)

3. As many as 15-30% of males and 10-30% of females meet a broad definition of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). (NCBI)

4. A 10% increase in body weight can equate to a six-fold rise in the risk for OSA. (National Library Of Medicine, Biotech Information)

5. Up to 66% of people talk in their sleep at some point in their lives, but only 17% of people say it has happened in the last three months. (NCBI)

6. Restless leg syndrome (RLS) affects between 5-10% of adults and 2-4% of children. (Medline Plus)

7. 37.9% reported unintentionally falling asleep during the day at least once in the preceding month. (Sleep Association)

8. Between 135,000 and 200,000 people in the U.S have narcolepsy. (NIH)

9. 4.7% reported nodding off or falling asleep while driving at least once in the preceding month. (Sleep Association)

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10. In the last 12 months, roughly 5% of children and 1.5% of adults have had an episode of sleepwalking. (NCBI)

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

12. Around 8% of people have an episode of sleep paralysis during the course of their life. (NCBI)

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

14. 3–5% of the overall proportion of obesity in adults could be attributable to short sleep. (Sleep Association)

15. 48% of people in the U.S. reported snoring problems. (CDC)

16. An estimated 10 million people in the United States remain undiagnosed with sleep disorders. (NCBI)

17. One in 500 people that carry a gene responsible for developing narcolepsy will actually develop the disorder. (National Organization for Rare Disorders)

18. Up to 90% of insomnia sufferers have a higher risk of pain conditions, glycogen storage disease, and hypoxemia. (National Center for Biotechnology Information)

19. It is estimated that 75% of people suffering from Narcolepsy remain undiagnosed. (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)

20. Every year, 30% to 40% of adults in the U.S. report symptoms of insomnia at some point annually (American Journal of Managed Care)

21. More than 70 types of sleep disorders exist. The most common are insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, movement syndromes, and narcolepsy. (Harvard Health)

22. Up to 90% of sleep paralysis episodes involve fear. (Nature and Science of Sleep)

Sleep Deprivation Statistics

23. Almost half of all Americans say they feel sleepy during the day between three and seven days per week. (National Sleep Foundation)

24. 35.2% of all adults in the U.S. report sleeping on average for less than seven hours per night. (CDC)

25. Nurses working 12.5-hour shifts report committing more than three times as many medical errors than those working 8.5-hour shifts. (NCBI)

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26. Of major cities in the United States, Boulder, Colorado has the lowest percentage of adults who sleep less than seven hours per night, coming in at 24.2%. Camden, New Jersey and Detroit, Michigan. (CDC)

27. When compared to whites, black adults are almost twice as likely to describe sleeping too little and are 60% more likely to report sleeping too much. (NCBI)

28. People with a college degree or higher have the most sleep (72%), while unemployed or those unable to work much lower (at 51 and 60% respectively). (CDC)

29. 42.6% of single parents sleep less than seven hours per night compared to 32.7% of adults in two-parent homes and 31% of adults with no children. (CDC)

30. More than 44% of workers in production-focused industries, such as factory workers and plant operators, report getting seven hours of sleep or less per night. (CDC)

31. People with severe insomnia are seven times more likely to have work-related accidents than good sleepers. (NCBI)

32. Healthy Sleep duration is more common among married people (67%), and lower in those who were never married (62%) or who were divorced, separated, or widowed (56%). (CDC)

33. Active duty service members are 34% more likely to report insufficient sleep than people with no history of military service. (NCBI)

34. Almost 20% of all car crash accidents and injuries are associated with sleepiness. (NCBI)

35. 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 Association)

36. 88% of American adults reportedly lose sleep due to binge-watching. (American Academy of Sleep Medicine)

37. Women are more likely to struggle once per week with sleeping (26%) than men (16%). (Better Sleep)

38. If people who sleep under 6 hours slept for an additional hour or two, they would add up to $226.4 billion back to the U.S. economy. (Rand)

39. People who sleep less than 7 hours each night are 12% more likely to die prematurely. (University of Warwick)

40. Sleep deprivation can cause you to lose 11 days of productivity. (Washington Post)

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Statistics About How We Sleep

41. In a normal sleep period, a person experiences four to six sleep cycles. (NCBI)

42. The average person takes 7 minutes to fall asleep. (Psych Central)

43. REM Sleep constitutes of 20% of our total sleep time while the remaining 80% are non-REM sleep stages. (WebMD)

44. The key driver of the body’s circadian rhythm, or internal clock, is the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) in the brain, which is made up of around 20,000 neurons. (National Institute Of General Medical Sciences)

45. REM sleep makes up between 20-25% of total sleep in healthy adults. (Division Of Sleep Medicine At Harvard Medical School)

46. Body temperature during sleep drops by one to two degrees Fahrenheit. (Division Of Sleep Medicine At Harvard Medical School)

47. 6-8% of the participants in one study reported a condition called “sexsomia” which means waking up in the middle of the night to get intimate with your partner. (Journal Of Clinical Medicine)

48. 54.1% of adults prefer to sleep in the fetal position while 37.5% sleep on their back, even though it’s the healthiest position. (Nature And Science Of Sleep)

49. Metabolism drops by around 15% during NREM sleep. (National Library Of Medicine, Biotech Information)

50. Humans are the only mammals that delay sleep. (National Center for Biotechnology Information)

51. New Zealand has the highest sleep average at 7 hours and 30 minutes, while Japan has the lowest at 5 hours and 59 minutes. The sleep average in the U.S. is 7 hours and 6 minutes. (Science Advances)

52. More than 50% of the U.S. population takes naps during the week. (Sleep Health Index)

53. 11:21 PM is the average bedtime for Americans. (Fitbit)

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Sleep And Dreaming Statistics

54. We dream 4-6 times per night but forget 95-99% of our dreams the next morning. (G. William Domhoff)

55. 65% of our dreams are filled with sadness and anger, while 20% contain happiness and excitement. (Neuroscience)

56. On average, we spend about two hours per night dreaming. (National Institutes Of Health)

57. 50% of your dreams are forgotten in the first five minutes of waking up. 95% is lost by the time you roll out of bed. (Better Sleep Council)

58. A study found that those who had REM “dream sleep” performed 32% better at puzzle solving than those who had non-REM sleep. (Cognitive Brain Research)

59. Men have dreams featuring other men 70% of the time, while women dream about women and men equally. (Better Sleep Council)

60. Nightmares are experienced by 80% of people living with PTSD. (Bustle)

Sleep Disruption Statistics

61. Around 57% of men and 40% of women in the U.S. snore. (Merck Manual)

62. Nearly 60% of people with frequent heartburn say that it has a negative effect on their sleep. (NCBI)

63. For adults over age 40, 69% of men and 76% of women get up to go to the bathroom at least once per night. (NCBI)

64. 41% of primary care patients say that they experienced night sweats in the last month. (NCBI)

65. Each child in a household increases the mother’s risk of insufficient sleep by 46%. (Breaking News English)

66. Around 50% of pregnant women experience insomnia-like symptoms. (NCBI)

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Sleep For Children And Teens Statistics

67. Babies need 12-17 total hours of sleep each day depending on their age, and toddlers need 11-14. (NCBI)

68. 20% of teenagers get less than 5 hours of sleep, while average amount is 6.5 hours. (Scientific American)

69. Teenagers who sleep an additional 34 minutes can score 4.5% higher on exams. (Science Advances)

70. Around 25% of young children have sleeping problems or experience excessive daytime sleepiness. (NCBI)

71. Up to 27% of children have minor and infrequent snoring. (NCBI)

72. A report found that one-third of teens say that stress caused them to lie awake. (American Psychological Association)

73. 57.8% of middle schoolers and 72.7% of high school students get less than the recommended amount of sleep for their age. (CDC)

74. Roughly half of children between three and six years old experience nightmares. (Psychology Today)

75. As many as 70% of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have mild to severe sleeping problems. (NCBI)

76. High school students lose an average of 8.5 hours of sleep per week due to school. (GENYOUth)

77. For each hour of sleep lost at night, teenagers have a 38% chance of feeling sad, hopeless, or suicidal. (Scientific American)

78. Putting down smartphones before bed can help teens sleep for 21 more minutes per night. (Vic Health)

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Sleep For College Students Statistics

79. 20% of students pull an “all-nighter” at least once a month. (Center for College Sleep)

80. 56.8% of students “feel rested” only three nights per week. (Center for College Sleep)

81. 5.9% of U.S. college students have trouble sleeping all days of the week. (Statista)

82. Freshmen are 14% more likely to drop a class for every night of missed sleep. (Sleep Health Journal)

83. 73% of students “crash” on the weekends and sleep as long as 9 hours. (Health Research Funding)

84. 1 in 4 students at the University of Georgia says sleep loss hurts their academic performance. (University Health Center)

85. A Brown University study found that insomnia affected 30% of female students and 18% of male students. (Brown University)

86. 60% of young adults ages 18 to 29 take sleep into account when planning their day. (Statista)

Sleep And Mental Health Statistics

87. More than 90% of people with PTSD related to military combat have been found to have symptoms of insomnia. (U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs)

88. 40% of people with insomnia are believed to also be affected by a mental health disorder. (MSD Manuals)

89. Around 75% of adults with depression suffer from insomnia. (NCBI)

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Sleep Hygiene Statistics

90. 93% of people say that a comfortable mattress is important to being able to get quality sleep. (National Sleep Foundation)

91. 78% of people say they are more excited to go to bed if they have fresh-smelling sheets. (National Sleep Foundation)

92. In healthy adults, caffeine has a half-life of five hours, which means that around half of the caffeine consumed will be eliminated from the body in five hours. (NCBI)

93. A study found that a new mattress reduced its participants’ back pain by 48% and improved sleep quality by 55%. (Journal of Chiropractic Medicine)

94. Across a large population of sleepers, 54.1% of total time in bed was spent sleeping on their side, 37.5% sleeping on their back, and 7.3% sleeping on their stomach. (NCBI)

95. Drinking more than two servings of alcohol per day for men and more than one serving per day for women has been found to decrease sleep quality by 39.2%. (NCBI)

96. 75 minutes of high-intensity exercise or 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week has been associated with reduced levels of daytime sleepiness and better concentration even when tired. (Science Direct)

97. Americans who reported having very good or excellent health had 23 more minutes of sleep than those who rated their health as good, fair, or poor. (National Sleep Foundation)

98. 49% of Americans sleep on either an innerspring or pillow top mattress, making these the most popular types of mattresses. (Better Sleep Council)

99. Queen beds are the most popular bed size, with 47% of Americans sleeping on one at home. (Statista)

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Sleep Aids Statistics

100. 20% of American adults tried a natural remedy for sleep problems in the last year. (Consumer Reports)

101. 9 Million Americans take prescription drugs to help them fall asleep. (NBC News)

102. About 80% of people who take prescription sleep medications experienced residual effects like oversleeping, feeling groggy, or having a hard time concentrating the next day. (NCBI)

103. Sleep medication use was higher among women (5%) compared to men (3.1%) (CDC)

104. The market for wearable devices, including activity and sleep trackers, is expected to reach over $62B in 2021. (Gartner)

105. The frequency of sleep med use is associated with higher mortality rate. (NCBI)

106. 8.2% of adults say they took medication to help them sleep at least four times in the past week. (CDC)

107. China is the most “sleep medicated” country in the world. (Loughborough University)

108. In a study of adults in the U.S., 28.2% said that they used a smartphone app to help keep track of their sleep. (PubMed)

109. Those using sleep pills have a 35% higher chance of developing cancer. (BMJ)

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Sleep And Technology Statistics

110. Over 10% of surveyed adults said they use sleep trackers regularly, 12% said they use it occasionally, while 30% said they won’t use it. (Statista)

111. 50% more women use sleep trackers regularly compared to men. (Statista)

112. 15% of the regular sleep app users are less than 30 years old and 9% are over 45 years old. (Statista)

113. North America constitutes 54% of Sleep Tracking device market share of the $1,121.5 Million USD of the total market. (Research Master)

114. 8% of the U.S. adults use mobile apps to track sleep regularly and 9% occasionally while 31% declared they won’t use. (Statista)

115. Studies show that exposure to blue light from digital screens can reduce sleep by 16 minutes and cause an average of 7.6 sleep disruptions at night. (Science Daily)

Sleep And Overall Health Statistics

116. Sleeping 60 to 90 minutes more per night can make you happier and healthier. (American Psychology Association)

117. People who sleep less than seven hours per night are more likely to develop obesity than those who sleep more (BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine)

118. The risk of diabetes increases with too little sleep (less than seven hours) and too much sleep (more than nine hours). (Harvard School of Public Health)

119. Those who sleep less than six hours per night are 20% to 32% more likely to develop hypertension than people who get seven to eight hours of sleep per night (Sleep Medicine Clinics)

120. Although both chronic lack of sleep (less than seven hours) and long sleep durations (more than nine hours) are associated with a higher risk of mortality, longer sleep durations come with the highest risk of mortality (Journal of the American Heart Association)

121. Only 1 in 10 Americans consider sleep to be their top priority over fitness, work, hobbies, and social life. (Sleep Foundation)

122. People who get 5 to 6 hours of sleep are 4.2 times more likely to get sick over people who sleep 7 hours or more. (Science Magazine)

123. People with consistent sleep schedules are 1.5 times more likely to feel well-rested during the day. (Sleep Foundation)

124. People who slept less than 7 hours were more likely to report being above average weight (33%), physically inactive (27%), current smokers (23%), and excessive alcohol drinkers (19%). (CDC)

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