Most Americans not getting enough sleep

Most Americans not getting enough sleep

The 2011 Sleep in America poll recently released by the National Sleep Foundation revealed that 43 percent of Americans ages of 13 to 64 say they rarely or never get a good night's sleep on weeknights. About 60 percent report experiencing a sleep problem, such as snoring, waking up too early or feeling unrefreshed - every night or almost every night.

About 63 percent say their sleep needs are not met during the week. Most said they need about seven and a half hours of sleep to feel their best but get only six hours and 55 minutes of sleep on average weeknights. About 15 percent of adults ages 19 to 64 and 7 percent of 13- to 18-year-olds said they sleep less than six hours on weeknights.

Reasons for sleeplessness vary and include stress, computer use close to bedtime, and illness or pain.

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