Are you living in a sleep-deprived state?
According to a comprehensive study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one third of American adults aren’t getting enough sleep on a regular basis. The study, published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, is the first of its kind to look at self-reported healthy sleep duration, which includes seven or more hours per day for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
“As a nation we are not getting enough sleep,” said Dr. Wayne Giles, director of CDC’s Division of Population Health, in the report. “Lifestyle changes such as going to bed at the same time each night, rising at the same time each morning and turning off or removing televisions, computers, mobile devices from the bedroom, can help people get the healthy sleep they need.”
As part of the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey, researchers analyzed survey results from 444,306 participants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to better understand if adults were getting enough sleep.
The results revealed that more than one third of adults were sleeping less than seven hours in a 24-hour period. Survey results also showed that people living in Hawaii had the least amount of sleep than any other state, while residents in South Dakota, Colorado and Minnesota had the highest amount of reported sleep.
“Sleep disorders are a serious health issue and have been proven to increase a patient’s risk of heart disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes and related conditions,” says Dr. Posner. “The most common problems include insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and narcolepsy.”
The study also recommended that health care providers should routinely assess patients’ sleep patterns and should discuss sleep-related problems such as snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society suggests that adults ages 18 to 60 should be sleeping at least seven hours a night.
If you are concerned about your sleeping habits and aren’t sure if you need to seek professional help, take this five minute sleep quiz to better understand your risk for a sleeping disorder.
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