What Most Americans Get
How much sleep are you getting?
Americans lead busy lives. The demands of work and the responsibilities that come with raising a family all take their toll on the hours we have left for sleep, so it makes sense that young adults and parents are more sleep deprived, while senior citizens tend to be well-rested. One survey reported that half of all people 18 to 49 years of age thought they would feel better if they got more sleep.
The facts are, nearly 30% of all American adults get less than 7 hours of sleep a night and a number of people get only 5 hours of sleep or less. This represents a shift in sleep patterns of Americans since the 1940s. In 1942, 84% of adults were getting the recommended amount of 7 or more hours of sleep a night. Recent data indicate that only 59% of adults achieve that threshold.