New Report Shows Sleep Disorders Cost The U.S. $95 Billion Annually
A new report in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine has revealed the astounding impact of sleep disorders on the U.S. Health care system. Sleep problems cost the system close to $95 billion a year, and increase health care costs by 60%. Researcher Dr. Neil Bhattacharyya says, “Our estimates are likely low, considering we know there are a large number of patients not yet diagnosed with a disorder like sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome and insomnia.”
How do sleep disorders cost this much? Many factors come into play. Firstly, people with sleep disorders like sleep apnea and insomnia require nearly twice as many doctor visits and prescriptions. They are also more likely to visit the emergency room, and suffer from other medical conditions. This places a huge burden on health care systems that will only increase unless dealt with.
The good news is that studies have shown that effective diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders can reduce health care needs and costs. If you are struggling with your sleep, snore, or are excessively tired, seek help. Speak to your family doctor or a sleep specialist today.
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- Respiratory & Sleep Specialist consultation – face-to-face and telehealth available
- Sleep studies – in-lab, home and contactless sleep studies available.
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