Sleep for a better tomorrow

Sleep like your life depends on it. Because it does.

Sleep is critically important to our overall physical and mental health, but for many Americans, sleep quality has declined over the past year, according to a recent ResMed survey1.

The state of sleep.

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50% of Americans say stress or worry has negatively impacted their sleep over the past year.

Sleep is essential to our overall immunity and well-being, so disruptive sleep can affect personal health, family life, and work. When you don’t get optimal sleep (7-9 hours per night for the average adult2), it can hold you back from feeling energized, productive, and healthy.
35% of all respondents say they are having a harder time falling asleep or waking up, 32% said they are sleeping less over the last year, and 26% started taking naps more often.

While you may get through one or two days on short sleep without hurting yourself or others, it’s a potentially deadly habit to develop for the long term. A common misconception about sleep is that we just need it for daytime energy. Sleep gives us much more than just energy. It enables your body to heal damaged cells, boost immunity, recover from activities, and recharge your heart and cardiovascular system for tomorrow.

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58% of Americans say they snore, yet 72% of those who snore aren’t concerned it could be related to an underlying health condition, despite snoring being a top symptom of sleep apnea.
54 million adults in the U.S. have sleep apnea—but more than 80 percent don’t know they have it and aren’t diagnosed. In other words, millions of people are suffocating each night while they sleep and have no idea. Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders, and occurs when the muscles in the throat relax to the point of collapse, restricting airflow. This causes breathing to become shallow and eventually stop for 10 or more seconds at a time, depriving the brain and body of oxygen.

Are you at risk for sleep apnea?

Untreated sleep apnea is linked to serious health problems like diabetes and heart disease. But the good news is that it’s treatable. Take this free, one-minute quiz to see if you may be at risk.

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More sleep stats.

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of Gen Xers have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, higher than any other generation. This generation was also more likely than other generations to report their bed partner started snoring.

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of women reported worse sleep quality in the past year versus 26% of men.

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of individuals who reported working from home currently or at some point in the past year reported improved sleep versus 21% of participants who did not work from home who said the same.

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of Americans said their doctor hadn’t asked them about their sleep quality.

Younger generations more apt to talk to doctor about sleep, consider a sleep test.

Have talked with doctor about sleep

Willing to get sleep test

Silent Generation

  • 45% 45%
  • 10% 10%

Boomers

  • 28% 28%
  • 21% 21%

Gen X

  • 63% 63%
  • 28% 28%

Millennials

  • 57% 57%
  • 34% 34%

Gen Z

  • 48% 48%
  • 34% 34%

Resources for better sleep.

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Why am I always tired?

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The effects of sleep deprivation on your health.

Two men in bed with one asleep, snoring loudly and the other awake with one finger in his ear and the other hand patting his partner to wake him up..

How to sleep without snoring.

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How well are you really sleeping?

Read more about sleep health on our sleep blog.