Excerpt from article by Watson NF. J Clin Sleep Med. 2016;doi:10.5664/jcsm.6034

The estimated costs that are a result of undiagnosed sleep apnea, according to a pair of papers published by The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, include 1) $86.9 billion in lost productivity, 2) $26.2 billion in motor vehicle accidents and 3) $6.5 billion in workplace accidents.

An analysis titled “Hidden Health Crisis Costing America Billions,” and a companion report, “In an Age of Constant Activity, the Solution to Improving the Nation’s Health May Lie in Helping It Sleep Better” — also calculate that undiagnosed sleep apnea costs the United States $30 billion each year in increased health care use and medication costs related to comorbid risks. These include hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and depression.

Both reports were commissioned by the AASM and prepared by the global research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, which estimated that 29.4 million people in the United States, or about 12% of the total population, suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.


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