Problems with sleeping in the U.S.

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Sleep deprivation can truly be a problem for everyone. According to the information at, nearly 8 percent of adults who are living without children took medication to sleep four or more times in the past week. In 2013-2014, it was found that 6.2 percent of adult men and 9.7 percent of adult women took medication to sleep. If we look at single parents, almost 7.5 percent took medication to sleep four or more times in the past week.

According to, about 44.5 percent of the surveyed people had slight troubles with sleeping. During the research, about 24 percent of the respondents revealed that they have moderate trouble sleeping. Over 15 percent said that they have a lot of trouble sleeping, while 14 percent said they have no trouble sleeping. A small portion (2 percent) revealed their extreme troubles with sleeping.


The revenue of sleep aids in the U.S. has grown rapidly in the last few years. Thus, the revenues of OTC (over-the-counter) sleep aids in the United States were approximately $217 million in 2011. The next year (in 2012), the revenues of OTC sleep aids grew to $319 million. In 2013 and 2014, the revenues of OTC sleep aids amounted to $402 million and $418 million accordingly. Lastly, in 2015, the revenues of OTC sleep aids reached approximately $427 million.


A study found that more than half of single parents reported waking up not feeling rested four or more times per week in 2013-2014, according to the information published at About 42.2 percent of adults in two-parent families reported waking up feeling not rested quite often. If we talk about adults living without children, 35.7 percent reported the same feeling four or more times per week. It is interesting to note that the share of women among the people who reported feeling this way was higher.


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About Pavel Prikhodko

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Pavel has worked for many years as a researcher and developer on a wide range of applications (varying from mechanics and manufacturing to social data, finance and advertising), building predictive systems and trying to find stories that data can tell.

In his free time, he enjoys being with his family.

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2 thoughts on “Problems with sleeping in the U.S.”

  1. You will never work harder for the money you earn, nor pay more of it in taxes, than in the good ol’ U.S. of A!

    If that doesn’t keep you up at night… Nothing will.

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