Sleep plays an important role in our health. Getting enough sleep every day is essential for the proper functioning of the body. A survey from 2018 showed that this practice is strongly connected with the overall health, stress, life satisfaction, and personal effectiveness.
In fact, according to 65% of American adults, adequate sleep boosts their next-day effectiveness.
Coupled with good nutrition and regular exercise, sleep has been known to improve productivity and alertness. Interestingly, people with higher incomes and college degrees often claim that they are more effective if they get adequate sleep compared to people within the low-income categories.
It is recommended that healthy adults should get at least seven hours a night to feel rested. However, approximately 35% of US adults get less than the recommended hours. When asked which is most important among fitness, work, hobbies, sleep, and social life, only 10% of people picked sleep as their top priority.
Unsurprisingly, there are about 90 sleep-related disorders, the most common of which are insomnia, disrupted breathing, restless legs syndrome (RLS), parasomnias, and narcolepsy.
According to statistics, 50-70 million Americans suffer from a chronic sleep disorder which adversely affects their lives and longevity.
The most common symptoms of sleep disorders include excessive daytime sleepiness, difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep, abnormal movements, and irregular sensations occurring during sleep.
Statistics also estimated that 168 million Americans experience sleep problems at least once a week, mostly due to working longer hours.
Lack of sleep impairs the ability to concentrate, leaving people feeling tired and unfocused. Those with sleep problems find it difficult to perform at their peak, leading to serious consequences like accidents and injuries.
In 2017 alone, drowsy driving led to 91,000 car crashes with 795 fatalities.
Furthermore, sleep-related problems cause a wide range of deleterious health consequences. This includes hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack, and stroke.
The following infographic contains eye-opening stats and facts about sleep and why it should be prioritized for the benefit of your health, so make sure to check it out.