Americans Sleepless, Sexless

Not getting enough rest takes a toll on work, social, sex lives
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2010 5:58 PM CST
White Americans take sleeping pills more frequently than blacks, Hispanics, or Asians, new research reveals.   (?Scott McLeod)
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(Newser) – Americans are getting by on less and less rest, a survey by the National Sleep Foundation reveals. Fewer than half of Americans say they get a good night's sleep, and average sleep times are about 2 hours shorter than those reported 40 years ago. Sleeplessness is taking a toll not just on Americans' health but also on their love lives—a quarter of married or cohabiting couples say they're often too tired to have sex, HealthDay News reports.

The foundation broke down results of the annual survey by ethnic group for the first time. The crunched numbers revealed that blacks are likeliest to use prescription sleep aids, but whites turn to over-the-counter remedies most often. Financial concerns keep people up at night, but blacks and Hispanics are likelier to be tossing and turning than whites or Asians. And blacks and Hispanics are far more likely than whites and Asians to make love every night. To see more results, click here.

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