Americans discount importance of sleep

Sunday, September 19, 2004

September 20, 2004

WALTHAM, Mass. - A new survey has found that 69% of employed Americans fail to count sleep as a more important factor than exercise or diet in the maintenance of a happy and healthy life, according to a poll conducted by Harris Interactive and sponsored by

The survey also found that 58% of employed American adults experience daytime sleepiness, and 39% of sexually active adults decline sex due to tiredness.

Complete survey results can be found at

"The results of this survey demonstrate the need to educate more Americans about the importance of sleep in living a happy and healthy life," said Dr. David Rapoport, associate professor of Medicine and medical director of the Sleep Disorders Center at New York University.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), approximately 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, making it as prevalent as adult diabetes or asthma, yet as many as 90% of cases remain undiagnosed.