Logging sufficient sleep hours every night is deemed the cornerstone of health. However, one in three U.S. adults is sleep deprived. The striking finding was reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a newly released report.
Although sleep hours were self-reported, the participants recruited for the study are representative of 50 states plus Washington D.C. Overall, the study included 444,036 in the first research of this type.
Based on the results of the CDC study, it is estimated that 83.6 million U.S. adults don’t log sufficient sleep hours per night. One in three U.S. adults is sleep deprived. Sometimes, hearing that one third of our life is spent sleeping may trigger a sense of guilt. However, it is important to keep in mind that for an adult to maintain overall health, it’s necessary to sleep 7 to 8 hours per night.
Sleep deprivation opens the door for an elevated risk of diabetes, stroke, obesity and heart disease, as well as mental disorders and anxiety. The CDC study found that sleep deprivation affects people in the low-income group more than others, in addition to people who don’t have a higher education.
As per the findings of the CDC study, being white, Asian or Hispanic means a healthy dose of sleep per night. 62.5 to 66.8 people in these groups fared well when it came to logging sufficient sleep hours per night. However, black, American Indians, Hawaiians and Alaska natives as well as multiracial were less likely to get a good night’s sleep. The percentage of those who clocked 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night in these groups ranged from 53.6 to 59.6 percent.
Moreover, married people are more likely to not be affected by sleep deprivation. Having higher education also meant a healthy night’s sleep. Also, the elderly were more likely to get the 7 to 8 sleep hours recommended per night. 73.7 of U.S. seniors were find to benefit from healthy sleep. 71.5 percent of people with higher degrees had a good night’s sleep. In addition, 67.4 percent of those who are married reported getting 7 to 8 sleep hours.
Conversely, the CDC study found that people who are unemployed or those who cannot work sleep less and are at risk of serious sleep deprivation. One in three U.S. adults is sleep deprived. The reasons are unclear as the CDC study didn’t look at any associations.
However, Doctor Clete Kushida with the Stanford Sleep Medicine Center intends to conduct further research on the matter. As racial and educational factors seemed to influence sleep to a large extent, he would like to gain deeper insight into the underlying reasons.
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