Health could be at risk without enough sleep

If you’ve fallen asleep at your desk lately, it’s no wonder. More than a third of Americans get less than seven hours of sleep each night — a deficit that could put their health at risk, a new report says.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed sleep surveys of 74,571 adults in 12 states and is offering up its findings in a report released Thursday, according to a story in the Chicago Tribune.

In questions about habits within the prior 30 days, almost 38 percent of respondents said they had fallen asleep by accident and almost 5 percent said they had nodded off or fallen asleep while driving.

For multi-taskers pushing the envelope, it’s worth noting that the National Sleep Foundation recommends seven to nine hours of sleep per day for adults and 10 to 11 hours for school-age children.

“Sleep difficulties, some of which are preventable, are associated with chronic diseases, mental disorders, health-risk behaviors, limitations of daily functioning, injury and mortality,” said the report, officially named the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

National Sleep Awareness Week is March 7 to 13.

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