Sleep deprivation is a national epidemic in the US. The persistent sleep deprivation of American adults puts their health and safety on the line, as well as the health and safety of their coworkers and the general public. Could your lack of sleep be making you unhealthy and putting you in danger on the job? Here is what you need to know about chronic sleep deprivation.
How common is sleep deprivation?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, over one-third of adults in the US are suffering from chronic sleep deprivation. These statistics were uncovered in a study of self-reported sleeping habits of adults in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Sleep deprivation was defined as sleeping less than seven hours per night, and the data focused on people between the ages of 18 and 60.
What are some of the negative effects of sleep deprivation?
The impacts of sleep deprivation are far reaching. Not getting enough sleep increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, depression, type 2 diabetes, and more. It also is linked to increased rates of obesity. Being sleep deprived changes the balance of hormones that help to manage your feelings of hunger and satiety, causing you to feel hungrier than normal and eat more. In fact, the Southeastern US, where sleep deprivation rates are the highest, also has the highest obesity rates in the country. Sleep deprivation also increases the risk of accidents when you’re driving and at work. Workers who operate machinery as part of their jobs face the biggest risk of sleep deprivation-related accidents.
How can adults fight sleep deprivation?
Adults should make sleep a priority and talk to employers about scheduling changes if workloads are interfering with sleep. They should also talk to their doctors about health issues that could be impacting sleep, such as sleep apnea.
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