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Studies Reveal That Americans Are Severely Sleep-Deprived

A new survey concluded that Americans are among the world's leaders in sleep deprivation. Although the Bible promises that God "grants sleep to those he loves" (Psalm 127:2), apparently most Americans don't or can't believe it. Recent research revealed the following statistics:

  • The United States (along with France and Taiwan) ranks among the top three most sleep-deprived nations in the world. New York is the most sleep-deprived city in the world.
  • Most sleep-deprived Americans (66 percent) can't sleep because they're anxious about finances.
  • Sleep-deprived Americans report that this issue negatively impacts their physical health (57 percent), their mental health (48 percent), and their home life (46 percent).
  • An estimated 50 to 70 million American adults have chronic sleep loss or a sleep disorder of some kind.
  • A recent study by AAA found that two out of five U.S. drivers had unintentionally fallen asleep at the wheel.
  • A 14-year study conducted by Penn State University found that men who slept less than six hours a night were four times more likely to die over the 14-year period than men who got at least seven hours a sleep per night.
  • In a study of nearly 3,000 17- to 24-year-olds, researchers found that for each hour of lost sleep, levels of psychological distress rose by 5 percent.
  • Overall, short sleepers were 14 percent more likely to report symptoms of psychological distress, compared with people who got adequate sleep.

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