Americans Are Getting Less Sleep Every Night and Their Jobs Are to Blame

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Americans are more sleep deprived than ever.

Even though the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that adults need at least seven hours of sleep per day, one in every three American workers over the age of 18 is chronically sleep deprived.

And chances are they’re missing these crucial hours of sleep because of their jobs.

According to a report done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, workers in specific jobs are more likely to get less sleep every night. Based off of data from 179,621 adults across 29 states, the CDC study found that lack of sleep is the most common in those who work in shifts, are young, have little to no education, and are African American.

The majority of the respondents — 36.5% — reported getting less than seven hours of sleep every night. However, some occupations really stood out as having significantly less sleep than even this average. They include:

    • Communication equipment operators at 58.2% – citing less than seven hours of sleep.
    • Railway workers at 502.7%.
    • Production workers at 49.2%.
    • Healthcare support at 40.1%
    • Healthcare practitioners at 40%.
    • Protective service workers at 39.2%.

In addition, the study found that sleep deprivation decreased when workers got older; the younger Millennial generation reported 37.7% not getting enough sleep when those 65 and older dropped that percentage down to 29.2%.
A lack of proper, adequate sleep has been linked to plenty of adverse health effects including obesity, diabetes, depression, and heart disease. Considering that in 2013, heart disease was the number one killer of both men and women nationwide, getting the right amount of shut-eye every night is crucial.

Sleep deprivation also has a massive negative impact on the nation’s economy. Tired workers cost around $411 billion USD annually, which is equivalent to 2.28% of the U.S.’s gross domestic product. va-sleepp

The report explains,

“Among employed persons, 1.2 million working days are lost in the United States each year because of sleep deprivation. It is estimated that if persons who sleep [less than] 6 hours per day began sleeping for 6-7 hours per day, approximately $226 billion could be added to the U.S. economy.”

Despite these negative side effects, Americans still work the longest hours each day compared to any other wealthy industrialized countries in the world.

Some food for thought while dozing off tonight, no?

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