Study shows more than one-third of adults don’t get enough sleep

Fatigue can lead to accidents at work

Posted February 23, 2016

More than a third of American adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis, according to a new study in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society recommend that adults aged 18 to 60 years sleep at least seven hours each night to promote optimal health and well-being.

Sleeping less than seven hours per day is associated with an increased risk of developing chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and frequent mental distress.

Fatigue may also increase the risk that a person may have an accident at work or while driving. Insufficient sleep is responsible for motor vehicle and machinery-related crashes, causing substantial injury and disability each year, according to the CDC.

The CDC suggests employers help workers by:

  • Considering the possibility of adjusting work schedules which will allow workers time to get enough sleep.
  • Educating shift workers about how to improve their sleep.

The following tips can help a person attain adequate sleep:

  • Go to bed and get up at the same time each day.
  • Turn off or remove televisions, computers, and cell phones from the bedroom.
  • Exercise during the day.
  • Stop consuming caffeine around 2 p.m.
  • Keep the bedroom dark and not too warm.

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