Americans are sleep deprived. A majority of Americans (63%) does not get the recommended eight hours of sleep needed for good health safety, and optimum performance. On average, adults sleep seven hours on weeknights however, nearly one-third of those polled (31%) reported sleeping less than seven hours on weeknights.
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2001 SLEEP IN AMERICA POLL HIGHLIGHTS
Americans are sleep deprived. A majority of Americans (63%) does not get the recommended eight hours of sleep needed for good health safety, and optimum performance. On average, adults sleep seven hours on weeknights however, nearly one-third of those polled (31%) reported sleeping less than seven hours on
Daytime sleepiness is widespread. One in five adults (22%) reported being so sleepy during the day it interfered with daily activities a few days a week or more. Daytime sleepiness is significantly more prevalent among women than men (25% vs. 18%).
About one-half of the adults surveyed (51%) reported having experienced one or more symptoms of insomnia at least a few nights a week I the past year. Almost three in ten (29%) said they experienced insomnia every night or almost every night. The most frequent symptoms of insomnia included waking up feeling un-refreshed (34%) and being awake a lot during the night (32%)
(The other two symptoms of insomnia are waking too early and can’t get back to sleep and difficulty falling asleep).
Children in the home can have a negative impact on adults’ sleep. Adults with children under the age of 18 reported sleeping less weeknights than those without children (6.8 hrs/night vs. 7.1 hrs/night). Adults with children were more likely to report symptoms of insomnia (58% 46%) and significantly more daytime sleepiness that interfered with daily activities a few days a month of more (50% vs. 32%).
Sleepy Americans are creating a major public health problem – Drowsy driving. More than one-half of adults reported that they have driven while drowsy in the past year. Nearly one out of five (19%) said they have actually fell asleep behind the wheel. Drowsy diving was most prevalent among male respondents, young adults between the ages of 18 and 29, and adults with
WB&A Market Research conducted the 2001 Sleep in America poll by telephone for the National sleep Foundation with a random sample of 1004 adults at least 18 years of age. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percent. The poll results were released last March.
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