The percentage of U.S. male Veterans with sleep apnea in 2014, according to a new article in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention journal, preventing Chronic Disease -- Prevalence and Correlates of Sleep Apnea Among US Male Veterans, 2005–2014. This is significant increase from a prevalence of 3.7% in 2005.
The researchers found "significant associations" between the prevalence of sleep apnea and several demographic characteristics:
Aged 50-64 years
Some college education
Health insurance coverage
Sleep apnea prevalence was also higher among those "reporting past-year serious psychological distress" (11.4%), those "reporting an unmet mental health care need" in the past year (11.3%), and those "reporting asthma in the past year" (17.2%).