Americans discount importance of sleep

Sunday, October 31, 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 www.Sleep

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

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 percent of cases remain undiagnosed.