There's a 35% Chance You Don't Get Enough Sleep

More than 1/3 of Americans not getting at least 7 hours of shut-eye
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2011 9:31 AM CST
More than 1/3 of Americans not getting at least 7 hours of shut-eye.   (?CarbonNYC)

(Newser) – Feeling tired? You're not alone. Some 35% of Americans average less than seven hours of sleep a night, according to a survey of nearly 75,000 adults in 12 states by the CDC. And the stats don't get rosier from there: 38% said they had fallen asleep by accident during the day in the last month, and close to 5% nodded off while driving, reports the LA Times. "Sleep difficulties, some of which are preventable, are associated with chronic diseases, mental disorders, health-risk behaviors, limitations of daily functioning, injury and mortality," says the report.

"Drowsy driving, one of the most lethal consequences of inadequate sleep, has been responsible for an estimated 1,550 fatalities and 40,000 nonfatal injuries annually in the United States," wrote the report. The survey also revealed that nearly half of Americans snore; that people who are unable to work are much more likely to get less than 7 hours of sleep compared to employed people; and people who are divorced or single tend to be slightly more likely to get less sleep than their married counterparts. (Luckily, you may not need eight hours of sleep ... in a row.)

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