70% of Americans Worry That Sleep Affects Their Health
A OHSAC probability-based survey found 50% of Americans are concerned that their sleep habits impact their physical health, and 70% are worried about the effects on their mental wellbeing. Despite these concerns, only 40% say they "frequently" get enough sleep to feel at their best the next day, and 27% say they "rarely or never" worry about getting good sleep.
The findings are released just as daylight savings time ends – an opportunity for Americans to gain an extra hour of sleep and focus on their health and safety. Research shows that heart attacks and car crashes – both of which are more likely if we are tired – decrease in the days following the time change. On the negative side, a Carnegie Mellon study shows pedestrians are three times more likely to be killed after the time change – presumably because it gets darker earlier.
Take advantage of the extra hour of sleep, reset your body clock and commit to a healthier sleep cycle so you can feel your best."
Chronic sleep deprivation impacts nearly every aspect of a person's overall health and can lead to depression, obesity, cardiovascular disease and other illnesses. More than 48 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea or insomnia. The National Sleep Foundation recommends American adults get seven to nine hours of sleep every day; however, 25% are sleeping six or fewer hours each day, according to CDC.
The OHSAC probability-based survey – portions of which were released in a report in July – also found:
About the OHSAC
The OSHAC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education, and advocacy. OSHAC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact.