Forty to fifty million Americans suffer from a life altering and treatable sleep disorder. These include sleep apnea, narcolepsy and various forms of insomnia. Worldwide, the number of affected people suffering from a sleep disorder rises to hundreds of millions.
Sleep disorders adversely affect people's lives, both personally and professionally, and result in reduced productivity, reduced quality of life, reduced ability to interact with people, and increased incidence of health problems, including heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, and increased incidence of accidents, including driving accidents. As a group, people with untreated obstructive sleep apnea do not live as long as people without sleep apnea or with treated sleep apnea.