This data is from the National Health Interview Survey done in 2010 and was published in the April 27, 2012 issue of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
“Not surprisingly, workers who work the night shift are more likely to not get enough sleep,” said Dr. Sara Luckhaupt, lead author. Others include people with more than one job or working more than 40 hours a week; widows and divorced people; those with a high school education; and African-Americans.
Short sleep duration is linked to:
- Car accidents (CDC estimates 20% of crashes)
- Weight gain
- Heart attack, stroke, falls
- Depression, substance abuse, irritability
- Poor attention, work absenteeism
The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours of sleep nightly for healthy adults.