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Americans Are Not Getting Enough Sleep, Study Shows

Americans Are Not Getting Enough Sleep, Study Shows
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Americans Are Not Getting Enough Sleep, Study Shows

About 33 percent or three out of ten adults in the United States are not getting enough sleep, a report from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) shows.

According to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report issued Feb. 19, it showed that a large chunk of the adult population in the US is not getting an ample amount of sleep. The CDC considered a good night’s sleep if it reaches at least seven hours.

The study, which examines sleeping behavior of American adults from Washington D.C, revealed that more than half or 51 percent of the 445,000 the study’s participants who are jobless don’t get enough sleep. Their employed counterparts are able to get an ample number of hours of sleep, according to the study.

Another interesting result of the study is that around 72 percent of the surveyed participants, who have college degrees, reported that ideal sleeping behavior in terms of the number of hours they put into sleeping. For married participants sleep much longer at 67 percent than their single cohorts at 62 percent.

CDC Division of Population Health chief Dr. Wayne Giles, in a press release, as reported by the Safety and Health Magazine, said that overall, Americans are not getting enough sleep. He said enough sleep, whether young or adult, is crucial to a person’s waking hours, as it affects its cognitive abilities and concentration needed to perform daily tasks.

“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, [and] mobile devices from the bedroom, can help people get the healthy sleep they need,” Giles was quoted as saying by the Safety and Health Magazine.

The study also revealed that less than 30 percent or 27.7 percent are getting an eight-hour sleep among the surveyed participants, while 11 percent reported that they are only getting below five hours of sleep every day.

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About Jereco Paloma

Jereco is a registered psychometrician by profession and a practicing psychotrauma therapist who writes for a living. He has been writing for different news organizations in the past six years. Follow him for the freshest news on Health and Science, the US Elections, and World Politics.

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