CDC Report Finds 70 Percent of Adults Don't Get Enough Rest

Published: October 10, 2012

Tired? Here's another study which says Americans need more sleep.

A new study by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) finds that 70% of all adults in America aren't getting enough sleep. Of those questioned, 70% said they had not gotten enough rest or sleep every day of the past month. Of those between 18 and 34, 13.3% lacked enough sleep every day, compared to 7.3% of adults over 55. Adults that got six hours or less of sleep a night increased in all age in groups from 1985 to 2006, according to a National Health Interview Study. For example, in 1985, about 20% of men and women ages 45-64 reported sleeping an average of six hours or less. By 2006 that number had jumped to 30%.

The CDC says an estimated 50-70 million people suffer from constant sleep loss or sleep disorders. People often do not understand that lack of sleep can cause health problems.

For more information on the need for sleep and how to get your 8 hours of “ZZZZZs” naturally, see “Sleep and Insomnia.”

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. His newest book (June 10, 2024) is You Can Heal From Long COVID. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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