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Sleepless in America

By on March 6, 2011

Ever notice how we are nation that multi-tasks, over-schedules, and works way too much? Well it’s starting to catch up to us. More than 50 million adults in the United States have chronic sleep and wakefulness disorders. Sleep difficulties, some of which are preventable, are associated with chronic diseases, mental disorders, health-risk behaviors, limitations of daily functioning, injury, and mortality.

The National Sleep Foundation suggests that most adults need 7–9 hours of sleep per night.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed 2009 data related to unhealthy sleep-related behaviors and found that 37.9% reported unintentionally falling asleep during the day, and 4.7% reported nodding off or falling asleep while driving in the preceding 30 days.

The CDC reported the statistics in March in two separate studies. In one study, about 35 percent of people surveyed in 12 states said they slept less than seven hours a night, on average. The second study based on a national survey found about 23 percent said they had trouble concentrating because they were tired. Another 18 percent struggled to remember things, and 11 percent had difficulty driving or commuting.

If you are getting less than the recommended 7-8 hours of “restful” sleep per night, it could truly impact you when you’re awake. If you think you are sleep deprived, you just might be. So get some shut eye.

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