Ten Per Cent Of US Adults Not Getting Enough Sleep, Survey

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention () 2006 survey of four US states, based on
Ten percent of adult Americans are not enough daily rest or sleep.

The study is published in the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) of 29 February.

The ten percent figure comes from a study based on the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) offices in the four states of Delaware,
Hawaii, New York, Rhode Iceland, and may not be typical of the United States as a whole, the CDC said in a press statement.

However, another study conducted by the CDC with data from the National Health Interview Study suggested that the proportion of adults of all ages,
report sleeping six hours or less doubled between 1985 2006, which may indicate that the BRFSS data is probably not too far from the

According to background information in the MMWR report, an estimated 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from chronic insomnia and loss of sleep,
Runs to health problems such as obesity, depression, smoking, lack of physical exercise and too much drinking.

The study, the author, a behavioral scientist at the CDC's Division of Adult and Community Health, Dr. Lela McKnight R-Eily, said that it was important to
To contribute to a better understanding of the impact of sleep disorders such as general health and that steps should be taken to help people get enough sleep.

"There are very few studies to assess and address inadequacies sleep, and therefore must do more to tackle the problem better understand and develop effective interventions
sleep," said McKnight, Eily.

McKnight-Eily and colleagues analyzed survey data from the BRFSS 2006. Among the four states, the proportion of adults who reported
not enough sleep or rest periods each day in the past 30 days, ranging from 8 percent in Hawaii to 14 percent in Delaware.

Only one in three adults (29.6 percent) reported enough rest or sleep every day in the past

People concerned about chronic lack of sleep should be assessed by their doctor and talk about possible treatment, for which there are a number of behavior -
And medical facilities, said McKnight-Eily. Another possibility would be an regelmaigen sleep patterns and avoid stimulants such as caffeine before retirement, they

A 2006 report by the Institute of Medicine, said work or lifestyle factors are probably to blame. Examples of the reasons why people do not get enough sleep or have
Unregelmaigen sleep patterns also shift work, work overload, Family Demands late at night surfing the Internet and TV display, and the use of
caffeine and alcohol.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, most adults need between 7 and 9 hours sleep every night to feel fully rested. Children between 5 and 12 years age
need between 9 and 11 hours, while the youth must be between 8.5 and 9.5 hours, which they propose.

The CDC study also found that the proportion of adults that it is not enough went to sleep with age. They estimated 13.3 percent of adults in the 18 to 34 bracket
reported, it was not enough rest or sleep every day in the past month, compared to only 7.3 percent at the age of 55 years and more.

This seems to contradict these studies suggest that more older adults have disturbed sleep, but supports other studies say that fewer older adults (the
also more likely to retire) It disturbs and impaired sleep seem to their perception of what is enough.

A possible limitation of the study was that definitions of sufficient sleep, and the difference between sleep and rest periods were not included in the survey, which left it
the respondents to decide this for themselves . These subjective self-report method can not be compared on a like for like basis for more objective studies
, count how many hours people sleep every night. However, as a study by the perceived lack or self-care or sleep, it is revealing.

The timing of this information is not a coincidence. Next week, from 3 to 9 March, the US National Sleep Awareness Week, a campaign, which takes place every year, is
With Daylight Saving Time.

"Perceived Lack of rest or sleep - Four States, 2006."

LR McKnight-Eily, LR Presley-Cantrell, TW Strine, DP Chapman, GS Perry, JB Croft, Div Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health
Promotion, CDC.

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report , 29 February 2008, Vol 57, No. 8 , p. 200-203.

Click here for the MMWR that contains a summary of the study

Click here to visit the National Sleep Foundation and find out more about National
Sleep Awareness Week.

Click here for more information on the CDC's Sleep and Sleep Disorders

Source: CDC.

Written by: Catharine Paddock, PhD

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