The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has released a recent study explaining one of the nation’s biggest public health risks, and the information is terrifying.
Linked to car accidents, medical and occupational mistakes, and industrial disasters, a lack of sleep has begun to immediately impact the safety and wellbeing of people everywhere.
Given the large focus on working in the United States, many individuals are subject to long hours at the office while accumulating a sleep deficit once it comes time to get some rest.
In a health survey capturing sleep behaviors, it was reported that 37.9% of Americans unintentionally fell asleep during the day in the last month.
In the same survey, an even more shocking 4.7% Americans reported nodding off at the wheel of their car while they were driving.
In response to these shocking statistics, The National Institute of Health suggests young children should be getting at least 10 hours of sleep, teenagers should be getting 9-10 hours of sleep, and adults should be getting 7-8 hours of sleep to maintain healthy sleep behaviors.
The effects of sleep deprivation go far beyond the surface level symptoms we see above. People who consistently lack sleep tend to experience major health problems ranging from depression to cancer as they age.
“Persons experiencing sleep insufficiency are also more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity, as well as from cancer, increased mortality, and reduced quality of life and productivity,” stated the Institute of Medicine in a paper centered on sleep deprivation and sleep disorders.
You can adjust your sleep patterns and enhance the quality of your health by avoiding large meals, alcohol, and nicotine at least three hours prior to your bed time.
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