Fully 30% of U.S. adults — or 40.6 million workers — sleep six or fewer hours a day, a new CDC report shows.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends we get seven to nine hours of sleep each day. Most at risk, according to the report, are people who work the night shift, especially those in the transportation, warehouse, and health care industries.
And sleep deprivation has consequences. “If a person doesn’t get the recommended amount of sleep, they are at increased risk of injuries that could affect them or the general public if they are a commercial driver,” says researcher Sara Luckhaupt, MD, MPH. She is a medical officer in the division of surveillance, hazard evaluations, and field studies at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Washington, D.C. [read]