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American Workers Are Not Getting Enough Sleep: Study Shows Risk Of Sleep Deprivation
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American Workers Are Not Getting Enough Sleep: Study Shows Risk Of Sleep Deprivation

A new study being published in the journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report shows how serious the lack of sleep for American workers really is. According to researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention thirty percent of the people studied via a nationwide health survey reported that they consistently got six hours of sleep or less every night. That number is equal to slightly more than forty million adults in the United States. All data in the study was gleaned from nearly a dozen interviews with millions of participants. Numbers might actually be higher in reality.

Another study revealed that the type of job as well as the age of the worker may also play a role in the lack of quality sleep or sleep disruptions. In that study, more than fifteen thousand people were asked about the type of work that they did, the hours they worked (including how many hours per week) and how many hours of sleep that they got each night. People who work manufacturing jobs got the lowest amount of sleep with just over thirty percent of those people getting less than the recommended amount of sleep every night. People who work the night shift also reported sleeping less than people who work other shifts with almost seventy percent of people employed in warehouses or transportation related jobs getting the least amount of sleep. Nearly fifty three percent of people who work the night shifts for health care or social services jobs also had issues with getting enough sleep. Understandably, people who work more than two jobs or work over forty hours a week also had sleep problems.

Age also played a role in sleep quality and duration, according to the study. People who were between thirty and sixty four years old reported far more sleep related problems vs. those who were in the other age groups.

Sleep deprivation, especially when it becomes long term or chronic can become a serious problem, playing a role in a number of health conditions including obesity, depression, high blood pressure and a lowered immune system. Memory problems and brain fog are also reported in people who do not get enough sleep each night. Women may feel the effects of sleep deprivation sooner than a man does, however, the effects are roughly the same for both genders. Sleep deprived driving has also been highlighted lately, with sleepy drivers being described as dangerous as drunk drivers.


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I resemble your picture in the article, lol

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  about 1 decade ago
Barbara9  

very nice article

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  about 1 decade ago

The most serious effect of the lack of sleep is that health problems show up eventually and sometimes sooner than they were supposed to. Still if people were aware of how important it is to sleep and sleep well I believe they would be willing to give it a try. A try to fix their sleeping circle like you mentioned Amie

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  about 1 decade ago

It's pretty sad how many people are sleep deprived. Our society puts a lot of pressure on people to accomplish so much during the day, with their kids, etc. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the more sleepless people had two or more jobs to support kids' extracurricular activities and vacation, but could only put down one field of work. I could be mistaken, however. Once a person gets in a habit of getting little sleep, it can be hard to improve those habits.

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  about 1 decade ago

This is my problem- I am up far too late every night and then I either sleep too late the next day or try to muscle through on the sleep deprived giddies. I am trying to get more sleep- but it is a hard cycle to get back off of.

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  about 1 decade ago
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