If you suffer from one of the three main types of sleep apnea – obstructive, central, or complex – you already know how devastating it can be. Poor sleep impacts everyday life and can lead to severe health issues. After looking at these 20 sleep apnea statistics, 2020 may just be the year you find help for your sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea statistics 2020

While one night of poor sleep may not mean much in the grand scheme of our lives, when poor sleep becomes chronic, it can touch every aspect of our day.

Here are some statistics that begin to show just how important good sleep really is.

General sleep stats

It’s a lovely idea, sinking into a comfortable and warm bed every night, one that cradles you all night long, leaving you refreshed and rested every morning. But how many people actually experience that on a nightly basis?

  • Today’s sleepers get less sleep in general: Compared to 1942 when the average amount of shut-eye was just under eight hours, today’s sleepers clock fewer than seven hours a night in bed.
  • For 35% of us, that’s not enough sleep: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that one in three people are not getting enough sleep. This is true for both quantity and quality.
  • Teenagers need more sleep, but get less: The average amount of sleep teens get is six and a half hours. An estimated 20% get less than that – just five hours a night.
  • Geographically speaking, the upper Midwest sleeps well: The number of people reporting fewer than seven hours of sleep a night peaks in the south and eastern United States. The upper Midwest reports longer sleep times on average.
  • Sleepers are divided by race: Black people report short sleep duration (nearly half) more frequently than white and Hispanic people (just around 33% of both groups).
  • “Banking” sleep doesn’t always help: But it turns out, it can’t hurt. One study found that longer sleep on weekends helped to make up for the sleep deficit during the week. On the other hand, short sleep on weekends made it exponentially worse.

Sleep apnea statistics 2020 (worldwide)

Given how important sleep is to proper functioning, the following sleep apnea statistics are astonishing.

  • Sleep apnea is a commonly underdiagnosed condition: Previous (and common) estimates place global numbers at 100 million. New research finds as many as one billion people may suffer from sleep apnea
  • Women may be the most underdiagnosed: One study estimates that as many as 50% of women may suffer from sleep apnea.
  • Children have sleep apnea, too: While 4% of children under 18 are diagnosed with sleep apnea, many more are incorrectly diagnosed with ADHD.
  • Sleep apnea in children is underdiagnosed: As many as 10-20% of