Published on April 28th, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
30% of Workers Are Sleep Deprived, New Study Shows
A whopping 30% of US workers- or more than 40 million- are suffering from sleep deprivation, a scary new study demonstrates.
Sleep deprivation has been linked to a number of serious side effects, including depression, obesity, propensity for automobile or other types of accidents and weakened immune system- not to mind the fact that surviving on too little sleep is one of the least pleasant feelings humans experience. But nearly one in three of us in the States is chronically sleep deprived, according to the April 27th edition of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends seven to nine hours of sleep for adults per night, and neurologist Mark W. Mahowald, MD basically told WebMD that everyone has to stop being stupid when it comes to sleeping sufficiently, and that includes employers:
“One of the biggest myths is that sleep is negotiable and something that we can get by with less and less and less of… Any degree of sleep deprivation impairs performance or mood. Our society has got to learn to respect sleep as biologically imperative. Getting a good night’s sleep is as important as exercising regularly and eating a good diet.”
Experts also recommend sleep deprivation be dealt with via employee wellness initiatives that focus in part on getting a good night’s sleep.