Why Good Sleep is Important

Updated: Mar 7

The National Sleep Foundation's annual Sleep in America poll finds that among US adults with excellent sleep health, nearly 90% say they feel very effective at getting things done each day, compared to only 46% of those with poor sleep health.


The study also shows that only 10% of American adults prioritize their sleep over other aspects of daily living such as #fitness/nutrition, work, social life, and hobbies/personal interests.


"The data is clear: Good sleepers realize the benefits of a good night's sleep and see themselves as more effective at getting things done the following day. It's therefore disappointing to see so few people actually prioritizing their sleep", said Maurice Ohayon, MD, DSC, Ph.D., Director of the Stanford Sleep Epidemiology Research Center and Chair of the National Sleep Foundation's Population Health and Methodology Council.


The 2018 Sleep in America poll finds that a majority of the public (65%) says that getting enough sleep makes them a more effective person, yet 41% admit to rarely taking into account how much sleep they need in planning for the next day.


"This is exactly what I see in my practice every day", responded Dr. Joseph Ojile, Chair of the Foundation's Board of Directors. "People, from children to adults, are consistently overscheduled. They are not getting enough sleep because they do not block out enough time for it."


The results of the National Sleep Foundation's quarterly Sleep Health Index showed little change in the nation's sleep #health, with the overall score remaining at a strong 76 out of 100. The greatest shift was seen in one aspect of sleep duration, with American #adults getting more weekday sleep. The Sleep Health Index results are not all good, though, as sleep quality remains at a disappointing 67.


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