How Common is Sleep Apnea?

graphic for How Common is Sleep Apnea? “Obstructive sleep apnea is destroying the health of millions of Americans, and the problem has only gotten worse over the last two decades,” says Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler, President of American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

According to the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project, at least 25 million adults in the United States are affected by sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea affects about 25% of men and almost 10% of women. Sleep apnea can affect people of all ages. This includes babies and children and particularly people over the age of 50 as well as those who are overweight.

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