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Americans Aren't Getting Sleep: CDC Says More Than a Third Get Less Than 7 Hours

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By    |   Friday, 19 Feb 2016 12:40 PM

Many Americans aren’t getting enough sleep, with about 35 percent of adults reporting less than seven hours of shut-eye a night, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released this week.

The CDC recommends at least seven hours of sleep a night for adults ages 18 to 60. Too little sleep increases the risk for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, stroke and mental illness, among other dangers, the agency said.

The study surveyed more than 444,000 Americans in 2014, and the results varied by state, with the best sleep patterns reported in South Dakota, where 71.6 percent of respondents reported getting at least seven hours of sleep a night. Hawaii had the worst results, with 56.1 percent of respondents reporting healthy sleep duration, according to the study.

By region, the Great Plains had the highest rate of healthy sleep duration, while the southeast and along Appalachian Mountains had the least.

The CDC said the findings suggest an “ongoing need for public awareness and public education about sleep health; worksite shift policies that ensure healthy sleep duration for shift workers, particularly medical professionals, emergency response personnel, and transportation industry personnel; and opportunities for healthcare providers to discuss the importance of healthy sleep duration with patients and address reasons for poor sleep health.”

"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, mobile devices from the bedroom, can help people get the healthy sleep they need," Dr. Wayne Giles, director of CDC's Division of Population Health, said, according to NBC News.

The study echoes previous reports during the past decade, when about a third of Americans have consistently reported inadequate sleep, study author Anne Wheaton told CNN.

"It's a public health problem," Wheaton said. "The reason we are trying to draw attention to it is that first it affects such a large proportion of the population and second that it's tied to so many health conditions that are such a big issue."

Twitter users expressed concern but weren’t surprised by the findings.








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