Are you sleepy? Do you feel tired? If so, you are not alone.
The problem of sleep deprivation is so pervasive that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says insufficient sleep is a ‘public health problem.’
Due to competing demands in our work-life mix, it’s easy to short change the hours we need to restore our body and mind. When people are sleeping less than the recommended hours of sleep, it is associated with lifestyle factors related to a 24/7 society, such as stress, alcohol consumption, smoking, lack of physical activity, excessive electronic media use, etc.
A recent report by Hamper, et al, aims to sound an alarm because insufficient sleep has been found to be associated with a range of negative health and social outcomes, including success in the workforce. The authors state, “Given the potential adverse effects of insufficient sleep on health, well-being, and productivity, the consequences of sleep-deprivation have far-reaching economic consequences.” For example, on an annual basis, the US loses an equivalent of about 1.23 million working days due to insufficient sleep. You can review other key findings and the authors’ recommendations on the Rand Corporation website.
If you aren’t getting the recommend number of hours, what would it take to increase the time you spend sleeping? What might you gain?