About 10 percent of U.S. adults sleepy

Feb. 28, 2008 at 6:39 PM   |   Comments

ATLANTA, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- About 10 percent of U.S. adults report not getting enough rest or sleep every day in the past month, a government report said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report analyzed data from CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey for four states -- Delaware, Hawaii, New York and Rhode Island -- and found only one out of three adults said they got enough rest or sleep every day in the past month.

Among the four states analyzed, the percentage of adults who reported not getting enough rest or sleep every day in the past 30 days ranged from 14 percent in Delaware to 8 percent in Hawaii.

The study found that the prevalence of insufficient sleep decreased with age. An estimated 13.3 percent of adults ages 18 to 34 reported insufficient rest or sleep every day in the past month, compared to only 7.3 percent of adults age 55 and older.

"It's important to better understand how sleep impacts people's overall health and the need to take steps to improve the sufficiency of their sleep," lead author Lela R. McKnight-Eily of the CDC's Division of Adult and Community Health said in a statement.

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