Americans are sleep deprived and have been for decades according to various reports compiled over the years. Sleep deprivation is no secret and we as a population have learned how to burn the candle at both ends to keep our busy lives on track.
The surprise comes in from discovering why we are giving up sleep Brad Reifler thought. It’s not so we can help little Susie with her homework or attend little Johnny’s ball game, it’s so we can spend more time on our jobs. Work is the thing that is depriving us of our sleep.
The typical recommendation for number of sleep hours the human body needs each night is 7-8, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that 30 percent of the working Americans get 6 hours or less of sleep each night.
The hours shaved off of sleep time is spent working, according to an published study in the Sleep journal. The Sleep report states that the extra time spent actually on the job and working is across the board, including weekdays, weekends and Holidays. Other time spent working instead of sleeping is not actually at work, but is work related, as in cases of employees who have long commutes to and from work. Work and all thing that revolve around work is depriving of us sleep, but work we must and work we will, even when we’re sleepy.