According to data gathered by the CDC in 2009 and 2010, more than 40 million American workers – or 30 percent of the workforce – get six hours of sleep, or less, a night. The National Sleep Foundation recommends getting between seven and nine hours of sleep per night.
The survey of over 15,000 workers also found that the majority of sleep deprived workers – 44 percent – are those assigned to the night shift.
A lack of sleep can cause a host of health problems, including weight gain, depression, heart attack, and stroke, and can also make driving and performing everyday tasks hazardous.
If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, you may be suffering from insomnia. To learn more about insomnia and how to get the most out of your visit to the doctor, visit the Vitals Insomnia Patient Guide.