41M US Workers Sleep Deprived
That's 30% of workforce: CDC
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 27, 2012 1:09 PM CDT
30% of the US workforce is sleep-deprived, the CDC says.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Tired? It's no surprise: You're just one of 41 million American workers who suffer from lack of sleep, according to a survey of 15,000 people by the Centers for Disease Control. That's some 30% of the civilian workforce, and it's no small matter, the CDC says: Getting less than seven to nine hours a night can pose a harmful—even fatal—threat to your health and the health of those around you, CBS News reports.

Indeed, 20% of car accidents are associated with sleepy drivers, and more than 4,500 workers were killed by occupational injuries in 2010. Sleep deprivation is a particular problem for certain kinds of workers. Some 44% of night-shift employees are sleep-deprived; transportation and warehouse workers are hit hardest, with health care and social assistance workers behind them. If it takes you less than 10 minutes to fall asleep, you're likely sleep deprived, a doctor tells WebMD; the same goes if you press "snooze" more than twice in the morning.

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Apr 27, 2012 8:26 PM CDT
Sleep.... I've heard of that. People say it's refreshing. I'll have to try it some time....
Apr 27, 2012 1:36 PM CDT
That's the North American way. Work ourselves to death. Shorten the work weeks and the length of work days, and people will be better rested, and more productive. Just as much work will get done, and everyone will be happy.