Friday, February 29, 2008

Center for Disease Control Reports Millions of Americans Are Exhausting Themselves to Death


--body + mind + spirit--

Balance in our individual lives is just as critical as balance in all of nature - as we are simply an extensions of it. Much like we are all becoming aware of the immense dangers of exhausting the earth's natural resources, we should be equally as concerned about about our own exhaustion. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) just released the results of a new study that showed that 10% of all American adults are significantly sleep deprived every day.

“Its important to better understand how sleep impacts people's overall health and the need to take steps to improve the sufficiency of their sleep,” said Lela R. McKnight-Eily, Ph.D., the study's lead author and a behavioral scientist in CDC's Division of Adult and Community Health. “There are very few studies to assess and address sleep insufficiencies; therefore, more needs to done to better understand the problem and to develop effective sleep interventions.”

It is estimated that 50 to 70 million people suffer from sleep disorders and chronic sleep loss. Sleep loss is associated with health problems including cardiovascular disease, depression, obesity, and certain risk behaviors such as heavy drinking and cigarette smoking. The study raises to the forefront an important question on how jobs, family demands, and ultimately lifestyle choices impact our health - in this case, through our inability to get enough rest because of those choices. The National Sleep Foundation reports that most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night to feel fully rested while school children aged 5-12 years require 9-11 hours, and adolescents aged 11-17 years require 8.5–9.5 hours each night.

The report is released this week to build awareness around the importance of getting proper rest, and adequate sleep, in conjunction with National Sleep Awareness Week, March 3- March 9th.

For more information on the issues, please go to www.sleepfoundation.org and www.cdc.gov/sleep


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