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Americans Worry That Sleep Affects Their Health

A National Safety Council probability-based survey found 70% of Americans are concerned that their sleep habits impact their physical health, and 67% are worried about the effects on their mental well being. Despite these concerns, only 43% say they “frequently” get enough sleep to feel at their best the next day, and 39% say they “rarely or never” worry about getting good sleep.

The findings are released just as daylight savings time ends. “When we are tired, we can be deadly,” says Emily Whitcomb, senior program manager of the fatigue initiative at the nonprofit National Safety Council, in release. “Take advantage of the extra hour of sleep, reset your body clock and commit to a healthier sleep cycle so you can feel your best.”

The NSC probability-based survey—portions of which were released in a report in July—also found:

  • 59% of respondents are worried about how sleep affects their family life
  • 63% are concerned about how sleep impacts their job performance
  • 49% believe their sleep quality was “good” in the last seven days; 11% characterized it as “poor”
  • 30% say work-related stress contributes to their lack of sleep or ability to stay asleep
  • 59% say they are not able to perform their job as well when they are tired


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