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Americans’ lack of sleep is becoming a ‘public health epidemic,’ according to the CDC (Photo: Miramax/Courtesy Everett Collection)

Americans’ lack of sleep is becoming a ‘public health epidemic,’ according to the CDC (Photo: Miramax/Courtesy Everett Collection)

New research finds only 14% of people said they get enough sleep

by Jacob Passy
Bad news, yogis: Your relaxing meditation may not be helping you get a better night’s sleep.
People who engage in high-impact exercise are twice as likely to get enough sleep as people who participate in lower impact activities, according to a recent report from mattress company Restonic, which obviously has a vested interest in people spending more time in bed. Roughly 22% of people who participate in Cross Fit got enough sleep, versus just 10% of yoga practitioners. Doing exercise in the first place helps improve sleeping habits, the study found, with only 11% of people who don’t exercise saying they catch enough Z’s. Restonic polled more than 1,000 people to produce the report.
Feeling sleep-deprived is becoming common in the U.S. A third of Americans don’t get the recommended seven-plus hours of sleep per night, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And while studies do show that getting eight hours of sleep each night isn’t necessarily all it’s cracked up to be, hitting the hay has been proven to improve not just people’s health but their financial well-being, too. People who live in places where they get more sleep earn 5% more than people in locations where they don’t get as much shut-eye, researchers found.
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While exercise promotes more restful sleep, using electronics in bed does the opposite, according to Restonic. People who use social media frequently are three times more likely to have sleep disturbances, according to a study released last year by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh. Electronic devices aren’t the only thing keeping people up at night, of course. A recent poll found that 44% of American workers lose sleep over worrying about work, with one in four claiming this happens to them a minimum of once a week.
Gender also plays a role in who sleeps best — with 38% of women feeling like they don’t sleep enough, versus 20% of men. And women were nearly twice as likely (23%) as men (12%) to wake in the middle of the night because of children or pets. In fact, men need 7.8 hours per night and women need 7.6 hours, according to a study that tracked 3,760 people over seven years and published in the September 2014 issue of the journal Sleep. They cross-referenced data on work absence due to illness from Finland’s Social Insurance Institution with sleep disturbances and sickness absence of the study’s participants, who were examined by physicians.
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Lack of sleep is a “public health epidemic” in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Unintentionally falling asleep, nodding off while driving, and having difficulty performing daily tasks because of sleepiness all may contribute to these hazardous outcomes, the report says. Those experiencing a prolonged lack of sleep are also more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity, and cancer, increased mortality, and reduced quality of life and productivity. (MarketWatch)


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