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The U.S. is Sleepier Than Europe

Excessive sleepiness is more common in the U.S. than in Europe, a fact which could cause concerns for public health and safety in the U.S.

About 19.5 percent of U.S. adults reported having moderate to excessive sleepiness, with 11 percent reporting severe sleepiness. The prevalence of excessive daytime sleepiness in five European countries is only 15 percent.

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine:

 “The study also found that nearly 18 percent of participants reported falling asleep or being drowsy in situations that required a high level of concentration, such as during meetings or conversations ... These results raise public safety concerns, particularly regarding the potential for workplace injuries and drowsy driving accidents related to excessive sleepiness.”