Not getting enough sleep? Neither is 30% of America

A new report from the CDC shows just how many Americans are running on less than seven hours of sleep and how that can be dangerous in the long run
By Jason Spencer | Feb 20, 2016
How far will one night of sleep get you? A new study shows that a decent amount of shut-eye can benefit you in the long run as numerous health concerns are connected to a lack of sleep.

According to Shape Magazine, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart disease, and a number of other ailments are all connected to how much sleep you get each night. And a recent survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that a third of adults in the U.S. are getting less than the recommended 7-9 hours each night.

Professionals are convinced that an attitude towards sleep might be the culprit.

"The biggest culprit is really just that people don'tvaluesleep," says Janet Kennedy, a clinical psychologist and author of The Good Sleeper. Dr. Kennedy regularly treats those with sleep disorders, but sees quite a few people who think sleep is unimportant.

"People are proud of having an 'I'll sleep when I'm dead' philosophy, but sleep allows you to be productive and healthy in the long-run."

Along with this 'sleep is for the weak' mentality, Kennedy adds that the more you stress about success the more hours of sleep you'll lose.

"Productivity demands are just so high, and people are connected to devices for work and social purposes around the clock," said Kennedy. "Those boundaries have disintegrated, and it'seroding sleep quality and quantity."

For those who want to put their sleep schedule back on track, Kennedy recommends that people start habits to ensure a good night's rest.

"A white noise machine, an old-fashioned book, and some good sheets are key," she said. "You're at your best when you're running on a full tank, so invest more at night and you'll be able to invest more during the day."

Along with the statistics, the CDC's report also show which states get the best amount of sleep. The Springfield News-Leader reports that South Dakota residents get the best sleep, whereas Hawaiians fall short.

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