Friday, October 30, 2009

Feel Like You Need More Sleep? You’re Not the Only One.

This week’s issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights the number of Americans who perceive a problem with their sleep.

More than four hundred thousand U.S. residents answered the question "During the past 30 days, for about how many days have you felt you did not get enough rest or sleep?"

A whopping 11 percent of respondents reported experiencing insufficient rest or sleep every day for the 30 days leading up to the survey.

Receiving restful sleep is critical for maintaining a person’s overall health.

According to a 2007
study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, sleeping less than seven hours a night can lead to physical and mental health problems, loss of productivity, and death.

Using data from the CDC report, WebMD
ranked each U.S. state to show where people get the most and least restful sleep.

West Virginia tops the chart with one in five residents feeling that they never get enough rest in a one month period.

North Dakota earned the best sleep scores, but its residents still report having 7 poor nights of sleep a month.

There are many reasons people receive insufficient sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one cause.

People with OSA may sleep 7 or more hours a night, so they think that they get enough sleep. However, OSA causes a person to wake up throughout the night in order to breathe. They may not remember waking up, but these arousals can stop a person from getting restful, restorative sleep.

Sings of OSA include loud snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness.

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