Why the Growth in Number of People Losing Sleep

Why the Growth in Number of People Losing Sleep

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Researchers recently reported that, in 2017, nearly 33 percent of Americans slept six hours or less. Above all, people gave worrying about economic anxiety and economic insecurity as one reason for staying up. Also, people gave working longer hours for less as another reason for staying up. In addition people said they were working harder for less and that their jobs weren’t secure.

Furthermore, people are glued to their cellphones, reading news, following Twitter, and Facebook. As a result, they are seeing things fall apart all over the world, delivered right to devices in their hands. Over 20 years ago, people would get this information on the radio, TV or the newspaper. Consequently, they had time to absorb the information. However, now they get this constant real time flow of information. As a result, it creates anxiety and stress.

Finally, people are staying up binge watching TV or movies on their tablets or phones.

Most noteworthy, it appears that Hispanic and black Americans showed the largest increase in inadequate sleep compared to a previous survey from 2013. In fact, the number of black study participants who said they slept less than six hours rose from 35 percent in 2004 to 42 percent in 2016.

On the other hand, Hispanics who said they slept less than six hours rose from 26 percent in 2004 to 33 percent in 2016. Finally, among white people, the numbers increased from 29 percent in 2004 to 31 percent in 2016.

The higher numbers in all three population groups may mean people’s lives are getting worse.

The study is based on data collected from nearly 400,000 adults aged 18 to 84 who took part in the U.S. National Health Interview Survey. In the survey, they were asked how many hours they slept each night.

One of the key takeaways from the survey, is that more Americans are not sleeping the recommended seven to eight hours. As a result, the sleep deprived face adverse health effects (see infographic) along with harming relationships and making work difficult.

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