Many Sleep-Deprived Americans Blame Stress

Many Sleep-Deprived Americans Blame Stress

Millions of Americans say they're not getting enough sleep and that the lack of shut-eye affects their personal relationships, job performance, and mental and physical health, according to a new study.

Nov. 12, 2010 -- Millions of Americans say they’re not getting enough sleep and that the lack of shut-eye affects their personal relationships, job performance, and mental and physical health, according to a new study.

A global survey of more than 30,000 people in 23 countries commissioned by the Philips Center for Health and Well-Being shows that people in the U.S. have one of the highest rates of sleep deprivation. The survey finds that 37% of Americans feel they don’t get enough sleep. Only France at 45% and Taiwan at 50% had higher incidences of sleep deprivation.

What’s Keeping Us From Sleeping?

So what’s the problem?

  • 49% of Americans who don’t get enough sleep blame stress and worry.
  • 38% say they are poor sleepers.
  • 36% say they go to sleep late at night and get up very early.

And Americans realize that not getting enough sleep affects their lives.

  • 57% say sleep deprivation is a factor in their level of physical health.
  • 48% say lack of sleep affects their mental health.
  • 46% say it affects their home life.
  • 43% say it affects performance on the job.
  • 41% report that it affects their relationships with others.
  • 34% say it affects their level of community involvement.

Among key findings globally:

Americans, like people in most countries, report that they are dissatisfied with the amount of stress in their lives. In a question on stress in general, 66% of Americans said they worried about having enough money to pay bills. Other stressors:

  • The economy, cited by 74% of Americans.
  • 67% reported feeling stress over health care costs.
  • 48% said job loss had left them stressed.
  • 49% felt stressed about getting enough sleep.
  • 32% mentioned their boss as a major stressor.

Philips says its global survey is intended to raise discussion levels about sleep, stress, and other issues that affect health and well-being. Royal Philips Electronics is a health-care company with more than 118,000 employees in more than 60 countries.

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