Sleep Deprivation in America and Its Health Effects


Americans Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep And It’s a Big Deal!Sleep Deprivation in Teens

Are you tired at this very moment? How did we know? Statistically, the average person in the United States is not getting enough sleep, and it’s affecting their health.

Sleep is an essential (maybe the essential) daily ritual that affects your health, and you are not getting enough of it. Americans are getting so little sleep that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called sleep deprivation a public health epidemic, and of all of the demographics that are missing out on their daily dose of sleep, teenagers are suffering the most.

According to a study by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, teens are getting less sleep every single year. The study referred to the phenomenon of American sleep deprivation as “The Great Sleep Recession”.

’The Great Sleep Recession’

The study was conducted from 1991 to 2012 and looked at more than 270,000 teens in eighth, 10th and 12th grades. The average teen, according to the study, gets seven hours of sleep, which is two hours less than the recommended amount of sleep for someone in that age group. One potential cause is too much time spent in front of screens. So if you’re reading too many blogs at night, make sure you cut back (except when you read this blog).

Lack of sleep, according to CNN, can cause increased food consumption, type 2 diabetes, poor reaction time, false memories and can even cause your brain to shrink.

How Much Sleep Should You Be Getting?

Wondering how much sleep you should be getting every night? Check out the list below:

  • Newborns (0 to 3 months) — 14 to 17 hours per day
  • Infants (4 to 11 months) — 12 to 15 hours per day
  • Toddlers (1 to 2 years old) — 11 to 14 hours per day
  • Preschoolers (3 to 5 years old) — 11 to 14 hours per day
  • School age (6 to 13 years old) — 9 to 11 hours per day
  • Teens (14 to 17 years old) — 8 to 10 hours per day
  • Younger adults (18 to 25 years old) — 7 to 9 hours per day
  • Adults (26 to 64 years old) — 7 to 9 hours per day
  • Older adults (65 and older) — 7 to 8 hours per day

There is some good news from the University of Southern California if you have difficulty sleeping at night. Research from USC has shown that two minutes of mindful meditation (even right before bed) can help you fall asleep and will even help you sleep better once you do fall asleep.

Contact eMedical Urgent Care if you have a question about your health. With eMedical urgent care offices in Middletown and Berkeley Heights, NJ, we are ready to quickly and efficiently treat unscheduled walk-in patients.


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