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Our team is available to help journalists who are seeking a sleep expert or looking for information about sleep and sleep disorders, the medical specialty of sleep medicine, or sleep and circadian science. Please contact our staff in the American Academy of Sleep Medicine national office to request information or to coordinate an interview with an AASM spokesperson.

Interviews/Requests
Corinne Lederhouse, AASM communications coordinator
clederhouse@aasm.org
630-737-9700 x9366

Thomas Heffron, senior director of communications & advocacy
theffron@aasm.org
630-737-9700 x9327

General Inquiries
media@aasm.org

American Academy of Sleep Medicine

  • Established in 1975
  • Combined membership of 10,000 individuals and accredited member sleep centers
  • More than 2,600 AASM-accredited sleep centers across the U.S.
  • AASM fact sheet

Sleep Medicine

  • Sleep medicine is a medical specialty with more than 80 fellowship training programs in the U.S.
  • The biennial board-certification exam in sleep medicine is offered by six member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties: American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, American Board of Pediatrics, American Board of Otolaryngology, American Board of Family Medicine, American Board of Anesthesiology.
  • There are nearly 6,000 board-certified sleep medicine physicians in the U.S. (ABMS, 2018)

Adult Sleep Duration

  • The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that adults should sleep 7 or more hours per night on a regular basis to promote optimal health. (AASM, 2015)
  • About 35% of U.S. adults fail to sleep at least 7 hours per night. (CDC, 2016)
  • Healthy sleep duration varies among states. The percentage of adults who reported sleeping at least 7 hours was lowest at 56.1% in Hawaii and highest at 71.6% in South Dakota. (CDC, 2016)
  • The age-adjusted mean sleep duration of U.S. adults was 7.18 hours in a 24-hour period in 2012. (CDC, 2015)
  • In 2012 about 70.1 million U.S. adults reported sleeping 6 hours or less. (CDC, 2015)
  • Since 1985 the percentage of U.S. adults sleeping 6 hours or less has increased by 31%. (CDC, 2015)
  • Poll data show that U.S. adults averaged 6.8 hours of sleep at night in 2013, down more than an hour from 1942. (Gallup, 2013)
  • The percentage of U.S. adults who report that they usually sleep 7 or more hours at night decreased from 84% in 1942 to 59% in 2013. (Gallup, 2013)

Teen Sleep Duration

  • The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that teens should sleep 8 to 10 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health. (AASM, 2016)
  • Nearly 73% of high school students report sleeping 7 hours or less on school nights. (CDC, 2016)

Sleep Disorders

  • 50 to 70 million Americans have a chronic sleep-wake disorder (The National Academies, 2006)
  • There are more than 50 sleep-wake disorders classified in the International Classification of Sleep Disorders, Third Edition (AASM, 2014)

Insomnia

  • About 30 to 35% of the population has transient insomnia symptoms. (AASM: ICSD-3, 2014)
  • The one-year prevalence of short-term insomnia disorder (less than 3 months) among adults appears to be in the range of 15% to 20%. (AASM: ICSD-3, 2014)
  • The full clinical syndrome of chronic insomnia disorder (at least 3 months) occurs in about 10% of the population. (AASM: ICSD-3, 2014)
  • S. health care spending on insomnia was $5.1 billion in 2013. (JAMA, 2016)
  • About 4% of U.S. adults aged 20 and over used prescription sleep aids in the past month. (CDC, 2013)
  • The total costs of insomnia in aggregate exceed $100 billion USD per year, with the majority being spent on indirect costs such as poorer workplace performance, increased health care utilization, and increased accident risk. (Sleep Medicine Reviews, 2016)
  • Annual U.S. losses in work performance associated with insomnia equal to 252.7 million days and $63.2 billion after controlling for comorbidity. (Sleep, 2011)

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  • Nearly 30 million adults in the U.S. have obstructive sleep apnea, and about 23.5 million of them are undiagnosed. (AASM, 2016)
  • Undiagnosed OSA costs the U.S. approximately $149.6 billion annually. (AASM, 2016)
  • Obstructive sleep apnea patients who were adherent with positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy had a 25.7% reduction in health care utilization composite score. (Sleep Medicine, 2017)
  • Treatment of obstructive sleep apnea with PAP therapy is estimated to reduce the 10-year risk of motor vehicle crashes by 52%, the 10-year expected number of heart attacks by 49%, and the 10-year risk of stroke by 31%. (Sleep, 2011)

Drowsy Driving

  • Each year in the U.S. drowsy driving causes an average of 328,000 motor vehicle accidents, including 6,400 fatal crashes. (AAA Foundation, 2014)
  • Nearly 1 in 3 drivers (32 percent) say they have driven when they were so tired that they had a hard time keeping their eyes open in the past 30 days. (AAA Foundation, 2016)
  • Drivers who usually sleep for less than 5 hours daily had 5.4 times the crash rate of drivers who reported that they usually slept for 7 hours or more. (AAA Foundation, 2016)

About the Survey

The September 2019 AASM Sleep Prioritization Survey involved 2,003 adult participants in the U.S. The margin of error is +/- 2 percentage points with a confidence interval of 95 percent. Atomik Research, an independent market research agency, conducted the survey.

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