To Sleep or Not To Sleep

Go around your neighborhood and ask people how much sleep they get each night on average. Chances are one out of five of the respondents will say less than six hours. Two out of five will say more than eight hours. The remaining two will most likely say six to seven hours.

As the year passes, more and more people are getting less sleep. Americans are getting only an average of 6.7 hours on weekdays according to the Sleep Foundation Poll. The numbers of people getting less than six hours of sleep is increasing while the number of people getting the right amount is decreasing.

A National Sleep Foundation Poll showed that from 1998-2009 the percentage of people getting less than six hours of sleep has increased from 12 percent to 20 percent. On the other hand, the percentage of people getting more than eight hours has decreased from 35 percent to 28 percent.

So what might be the reason for society getting less sleep? Well the economy is one of the major factors that affect sleep. People tend to work more due to hard economic times and jobs can rob people of their sleep time. Another major problem that causes people to lose sleep is stress. In fact, in 2008 a survey was taken by the American Psychological Association showed that 52 percent of the 7,000 people asked said that they were losing sleep from stress.

The reason for mainly the newer generations losing sleep is distractions from technology. Many kids use phones, televisions, computers, and other technological devices. Teens are now staying up late texting or are hooked on some television show and they stay up late doing these things. That includes playing video games or being up late sending emails to other friends.
Losing sleep is not good it has many effects such as depression, anxiety, and cardiovascular disease just to name a few. So ask yourself this question; how many hours are you getting of sleep every night?


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