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Study: One-third of Americans are sleep deprived

Study: One-third of Americans are sleep deprived

 

MUNCIE, Indiana – Nearly a third of Americans are getting inadequate sleep — including police offices, healthcare workers and truck drivers —  and it is getting worse with every passing year, says a new study from Ball State University.

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Short Sleep Duration in Working American Adults,” an analysis of more than 150,000 working adults from 2010 to 2018, found that prevalence of inadequate sleep — 7 hours or less — increased from 30.9% of respondents in 2010 to 35.6% in 2018. The study was posted Monday by the Journal of Community Health.

The study also found that the people who report getting the fewest hours of shut-eye include native born Americans, who are female, have children at home, work for the government, and live in the South.

“Inadequate sleep is associated with mild to severe physical and mental health problems, injury, loss of productivity, and premature mortality,” said Jagdish Khubchandani, lead author and a health science professor at Ball State. “This is a significant finding because the U.S. is currently witnessing high rates of chronic diseases across all ages, and many of these diseases are related to sleep problems.”

The study found that in 2018, professions with the highest levels of poor sleep including those in the police and military (50%), health care support occupations (45%), transport and material moving (41%), and production occupations (41%).

“There is no definitive cause found for these trends in sleep duration in working American population,” Khubchandani said. “We see the workplace is changing as Americans work longer hours, and there is greater access and use of technology and electronic devices, which tend to keep people up at night. Add to this the progressive escalation in workplace stress in the United States, and the rising prevalence of multiple chronic conditions could be related to short sleep duration in working American adults.”

The study also found:

  • For men, about 30.5% reported getting 7 or less hours of sleep in 2010 and by 2018 about 35.5% reporting inadequate sleep.
  • Among women, those reported too little sleep grew from 31.2% in 2011 to 35.8% in 2018.
  • By race and inadequate sleep prevalence, the trend from 2010-2018 was 29.2 to 34.1% for whites, 40.6 to 46.5% for African-Americans, 29.5 to 35.3% for Asians, and 35.2 to 45.2% for multiracial adults.
  • From 2010 to 2018, the largest increases in sleep deprivation were reported by men, multiracial individuals, older adults, those living in the western U.S., and widowed, divorced, or separated people.

Khubchandani believes that employers should take steps to make sure their workers are getting enough rest.

“Employers have a major responsibility and should use health promotion strategies to ensure that workers who struggle with sleep problems are assisted,” he said. “We all suffer when our bus and truck drivers, doctors, and nurses are sleep deprived.”

Khubchandani also warns that the use of over-the-counter medications may be making life miserable for millions of Americans.

Many of these medications can have side effects, including worsening of insomnia when inappropriately prescribed or used. Even in primary care, insomnia is frequently misreported, ignored, or the treatment could be suboptimal, despite access to standard treatment interventions, he said.

Khubchandani also suggests that from a public health perspective, chronic sleep problems need management by qualified professionals.

“There is a need for increasing awareness and improving the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders,” he said, “and there needs to be emphasis on public education, training for health professionals, and monitoring.”

Long School Days Booster

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Why Your Bedroom Feels Wrong

It’s not something that’s commonly acknowledged, but sometimes you can just walk into a room and there’s something not quite right about it. It’s a feeling in the back of your mind, and you’re not quite comfortable staying there for too long. Of course a lot of the time we ignore this feeling and just get on with our lives, but sometimes it gets too much. And there’s nowhere else it gets more than you can handle than in your own bedroom!

 

So if you’re constantly feeling like you’re not in the right position when you’re lying down, or you can’t get to sleep for days/weeks on end, or the room layout just isn’t right in general, this post is here to help.

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Place Your Bed Right

 

Your bed is the main point of your bedroom, and everything else in there revolves around it. And that means you need to make sure it’s in the right place, otherwise, there’ll be a significant sense of imbalance about you. As we get older and older, we care a lot more about these things!

 

There’s always the popular move of pushing the bed up against the main wall of the room, usually the one opposite to the doorway. However, if there’s something you can’t move in the way, don’t try this. A radiator can easily lead you to overheat when you’re lying so close, and any pipes leading to or away from one can be extremely loud on your sleepy ears.

 

Don’t Sacrifice Comfort!

 

Comfort is the main thing you need when you’re sleeping, and that means you need something that’s as soft as you need it to be whilst also offering your back and sides some good lumbar support. If you’re not supported by your bed, make sure you cut it out of your life, like you would any other item that didn’t do its job!

 

A memory foam mattress has always been popular for providing a body shape impression for you to crawl into, but they’re not for everyone. Try out something from ChooseMattress if you want value for your money, as you can never be quite sure how well a certain memory foam mattress will work for you. There are so many types out there on the market, you’re not just going to want to grab the cheapest you can get your hands on.

 

You Might Need Some Plants

 

And the right kind of plants! Most plants convert CO2 into oxygen during the day but then switch at night, and that’s not something you want around you when you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep. Find the types that’ll help you breathe easier.

 

Plants have been proven to make us happier as well. Something bright and healthy in our personal surroundings just puts a jaunt in our step. Feel calmer when you have to get up!

 

There are some tips on making sure your bedroom feels right for your use again. Your bedroom can be changed whenever you need it.

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