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A Third of U.S. Adults Not Getting Enough Sleep

A Third of U.S. Adults Not Getting Enough Sleep

One third of U.S. adults — or an estimated 84 million — aren’t getting the recommended 7 or more hours of sleep each day, according to an MMWR article.

Using data from the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, CDC researchers examined the sleep habits of nearly 450,000 adults. Among the other findings:

  • Adults aged 65 and older were the most likely to report getting enough sleep (74%), while those aged 25–44 were the least likely (62%).

  • When examined by race, sufficient sleep was most common among whites (67%) and least common among blacks and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders (54%).

  • People in South Dakota slept the most, while those in Hawaii slept the least.

The authors suggest that clinicians should routinely discuss sleep with patients, seek explanations for poor sleep, and promote proper sleep hygiene, such as maintaining regular sleep and wake times and keeping TVs and other screen devices out of the bedroom


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