Sleepy Americans Put Health at Risk
Research Shows One-Third of U.S. Adults Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep
Impact of Shortened Sleep on Daily Activities
The second study, based on a different set of data, examined correlations between hours of sleep and six sleep-related issues: concentrating, remembering, working on a hobby, driving or taking public transportation, taking care of finances, and working.
Trouble concentrating apparently is the biggest problem for those adults getting less than seven hours of sleep. Specifically, 19.4% of people who slept seven to nine hours a day reported trouble concentrating, but 29.3% of those sleeping less than seven had concentration problems.
Among other findings:
- 28.2% had trouble concentrating because they were sleepy or tired.
- 18.2% had trouble remembering things.
- 10.5% had trouble taking care of their financial affairs due to lack of sleep.
- Young people are more likely than those 60 and older to report having problems in all six sleep-related areas.
The researchers conclude that the perceived difficulty of performing routine daily tasks may be as much as 50% greater among adults who sleep less than seven hours.