Perhaps you have seen the headline by now – 1 in 3 Americans are not getting enough sleep. A new study by the CDC, published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report discusses the results of the survey research.
What is the importance of the data? What does it mean to you?
If you are one of these one-in-three, you are putting yourself at increased risk for several associated health problems. Not obtaining adequate total sleep time is associated with an increased risk of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, heart attack and stroke – not to mention potentially deadly accidents as a result of daytime sleepiness.
Why are so many adults not obtaining adequate sleep time?
There are several likely reasons why many are short-changing sleep time. The most likely answer is based on lifestyle. With work and family responsibilities there is little time at the end of the day to go to bed at a reasonable time. Electronic distractions, like TV, social media, interactive gaming make it easy to forget how late it is.
We often don’t suffer the consequences of insufficient sleep or poor sleep hygiene until the following day. But, eventually, our bodies health needs catch up with reality.
Sleep is a basic biologic need. Like breathing and eating, we need sleep to be healthy.
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