A recent study found there is a sleep deprivation among Americans. It was estimated that one in three Americana citizens doesn’t get enough sleep. As a result, many of them suffer from obesity, diabetes, heart issues, mental disorder as well as other serious conditions.
Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discovered that the majority of the adults in the U.S sleep less than seven hours per night.In 2014, the CDC studied data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to see how much grownups sleep.
The study included 444, 306 individuals in all the 50 states as well as Columbia District. It was found sleep deprivation is closely connected to a series of chronic diseases, including heart problems, mental disorders or diabetes. The CDC claimed the lack of sleep became a public health problem.
Anne Wheaton, PhD, epidemiologist at the CDC said individuals no longer prioritize their sleep habits. She also added that
‘They know they should eat right, get exercise, quit smoking, but sleep just isn’t at the top of their board. And maybe they aren’t aware of the impact sleep can have on your health. It doesn’t just make you sleepy, but it can also affect your health and safety.”
Experts declared the results indicated people need to be aware and educated about sleep health. What’s more, workplace policies should put sleep on the top of their list, especially for those who work at night. Wheaton mentioned this research was the first to investigate sleep hours on a state level. This way, she and her team were allowed to map which states get more sleep than others.
According to scientists, Southeast states and those in the Appalachian Mountains showed the least amount of sleep. Hawaii had the lowest sleep level, while South Dakota, Colorado and Minnesota indicated the highest amount of sleep. Moreover, it was estimated in the last ten years, almost one-third of American adults claimed they don’t get as much sleep as they should.
Anne Wheaton suggested people should establish good sleep habits. For example, individuals should go to bed and wake up at the same hour every morning. Also, a proper sleep environment, with a dark bedroom and a normal temperature may influence one’s sleep. In addition, when they sleep, individuals should remove any electronics from their bedroom.
Recently, it was found that electronics work on one’s physical body and mind, which can interfere with sleep schedules. Eventually, they contribute to sleep disorders. Other important aspect is avoiding meals, caffeine and alcohol before going to bed.
The body cannot properly rest if one ate or drank right before one got to bed. Moreover, exercising on a daily basis is known to contribute to a good rest. The fact that there is a sleep deprivation among Americans is something individuals should pay attention to. Experts said individuals need to change their lifestyle and sleep habits if they want to maintain a good health.
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