A quick summary of the National Sleep Health Study:
Overarching National Data on Sleep Health
* The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared insufficient sleep a “public health problem,” with more than one-third of American adults not getting enough sleep on a regular basis.
* For the past two years, the National Sleep Foundation has been tracking how adult Americans sleep through its Sleep Health Index(r). Combined with the NSF’s 2018 Sleep in America(r) poll (to be released on March 11), the overarching trend from this substantial and reliable data shows that adult Americans (1) fail to prioritize sleep; and (2) those who do prioritize, don’t get overall good, quality sleep.
o Only 10% of people prioritize their sleep over other aspects of their daily living, including: fitness/nutrition (35%), work (27%), and hobbies/personal interests (17%).
o Overall sleep quality grade for Americans has remained at an average 67 (from 0-100) for the past two years, which has a tremendous detriment to one’s overall health and wellbeing.
* Sleep deprivation is associated with a higher mortality risk and productivity losses at work
o A 2016 study conducted by the Rand Corporation found that the U.S. sustains by far the highest economic losses due to insufficient sleep (up to $411 billion a year, which is 2.28% of its GDP)