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CDC: 30 Percent of Workers Get Too Little Sleep
Nearly a third of American workers get too little sleep, federal health officials said Thursday. By sleeping fewer than six hours a night, these folks put themselves and their co-workers at risk for serious consequences, according to a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings show that 44 percent of night shift workers get too little sleep, compared to 29 percent of those who work the day shift. Workers with insufficient sleep are more likely to suffer on-the-job injuries and make dangerous mistakes. They're also more likely to develop heart problems, obesity, diabetes, and depression. "Despite these consequences, many people still don't find the time for adequate sleep, with many having trouble with insomnia and not seeking proper help," Shelby Freedman Harris, director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program and the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, told HealthDay. "Our society is a very sleep-deprived one."
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13 Reasons Not to Skimp on Sleep
Scheduling a good night's sleep could be one of the smartest health priorities you set. It's not just daytime drowsiness you risk when shortchanging yourself on your seven to nine hours. (More than 35 percent of adults routinely clock less than seven hours per night, according to the National Sleep Foundation.) Possible health consequences of getting too little or poor sleep can involve the cardiovascular, endocrine, immune, and nervous systems. In addition to letting life get in the way of good sleep, between 50 and 70 million Americans suffer from a chronic sleep disorder—such as insomnia or sleep apnea—that affects daily functioning and impinges on health. Here's a look at the research:
1) Less may mean more. Among people who sleep under seven hours a night, the fewer...