A report from The Korea Bizwire indicates that statistics show the number of individuals suffering from insomnia in South Korea has steadily increased over the past 5 years.
According to statistics from the National Health Insurance Service (NHIS), the number of individuals suffering from insomnia in South Korea has been growing steadily over the past five years, from 289,526 in 2010 to 455,886 in 2015. Of note, Koreans in their 40s accounted for two thirds of the total insomnia sufferers in 2015.
The results of a recent medical study showed that 12 percent of adults, approximately 4 million individuals, have trouble falling asleep. Experts point to late-night artificial light exposure and changing lifestyle patterns such as exercising or working late as the root causes of sleep problems.
Age also plays a role in sleep disorders, as older people are more likely to have trouble falling asleep due to the aging of the frontal lobe and stress caused by an uncertain future.
With more Koreans suffering from sleep disorders, the sleep aid market is expanding rapidly as well.