Working American adults aren’t getting enough sleep.
More than a third of working Americans sleep seven hours or less, according to research published in the Journal of Community Health.
The study, which looked at 150,000 workers between 2010 to 2018, found that the percentage of Americans not meeting sleep requirements rose to 35.6% in 2018, nearly a five percent swing from 2010 (30.9%.)
“Inadequate sleep is associated with mild to severe physical and mental health problems, injury, loss of productivity, and premature mortality,” Jagdish Khubchandani, the study’s author, said via Fox59. “This is a significant finding because the U.S. is currently witnessing high rates of chronic diseases across all ages, and many of these diseases are related to sleep problems.”
Khubchandani, a health science professor at Ball State University, found that poor sleep patterns didn’t vary between sexes, but did pinpoint professions in which poor sleep was associated with regularly.
The worst sleepers
Researchers found that professionals in the police and military fields reported having the highest levels of poor sleep, followed by health care support workers, transportation, and production workers in 2018.
“There is no definitive cause found for these trends in sleep duration in working American population,” Khubchandani said. “We see the workplace is changing as Americans work longer hours, and there is greater access and use of technology and electronic devices, which tend to keep people up at night. Add to this the progressive escalation in workplace stress in the US, and the rising prevalence of multiple chronic conditions could be related to short sleep duration in working American adults.”
The study was conducted by Jagdish Khubchandani, health science professor at Ball State University and James H. Price, an Emeritus Professor of Public Health at the University of Toledo.