According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third of American adults are not getting the recommended 7 hours or more of sleep. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society suggest that adults aged 18-60 sleep at least 7 hours. So that means an estimated 83.6 million sleep deprived zombies in the United States. That’s a massive amount of people!
Insufficient sleep could lead to chronic health conditions including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and mental distress. Lifestyle, age, race, geography, employment and even marital status may have an effect your sleep cycles.
Some of this sleep lost might be self-inflicted. The Better Sleep Council states that “8 in 10 Americans admit they would feel better and more prepared for the day if they had an extra hour sleep.” However, when The Better Sleep Council conducted a survey about what sleep-deprived Americans would do if they had an extra hour, “U.S. adults consistently choose against getting more sleep – even when the opportunity is given to them.” We know...who would want to sleep when there is all that Netflix to binge?
The good news is that changing habits and making sleep a priority can help you travel to your dreamland more often. Wayne Giles, M.D., director of CDC’s Division of Population Health states, “Lifestyle changes such as going to bed at the same time each night; rising at the same time each morning; and turning off or removing televisions, computers, mobile devices from the bedroom, can help people get the healthy sleep they need.” So here at Spoon, we highly recommend that you disconnect for the night and catch those ZZZZ’s!