Worried you might lose your job? Searching for a new one? Concerned that your retirement funds are dwindling? In the mood, but lack the energy?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, you may be among the nearly one-third of Americans who are losing sleep because of personal finances, job fears, and the nightmarish state of the economy .
According to a new poll by the National Sleep Foundation:
The poll suggests that inadequate sleep is associated with unhealthy lifestyles and that not getting enough sleep has a detrimental effect on health and safety.
"It's easy to understand why so many people are concerned over the economy and jobs, but sacrificing sleep is the wrong solution," says David Cloud, chief executive officer of the National Sleep Foundation. "Sleep is essential for productivity and alertness and is a vital sign for one's overall health."
About 40% of Americans agree that sleep is as important as diet and exercise to overall health, yet the poll says only 32% of people with sleep problems discuss their concerns with doctors.
According to the poll, two out of every 10 Americans sleep fewer than six hours a night.
It also finds that:
"With the economy worsening, we are seeing patients in our clinic who have told us that they would not be returning for treatment because they or a family member have lost their jobs, and they are concerned about costs," says Meir Kryger, MD, director of research and education at Gaylord Sleep Services.
So what are you supposed to do if you're having trouble sleeping?
By Bill Hendrick
Reviewed by Louise Chang
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