More than one-third of working Americans don’t get enough sleep. A study at Ball State University in Indiana reported that inadequate sleep is associated with mild to severe physical and mental health problems, injury, loss of productivity, and premature mortality.

“This is a significant finding because the U.S. is currently witnessing high rates of chronic diseases across all ages, and many of these diseases are related to sleep problems,” the report concluded.

There is no definitive cause found for these trends in sleep duration in working Americans, yet the workplace is changing as Americans work longer hours, and there is greater access and use of technology and electronic devices, which tend to keep people up at night. Add to this the progressive increase in workplace stress in the United States. The rising prevalence of multiple chronic conditions could be related to short-sleep duration in working American adults, researchers surmised.

The report recommended that employers take steps to make sure their workers are getting enough rest. “Employers have a major responsibility and should use health promotion strategies to ensure that workers who struggle with sleep problems are assisted. We all suffer when our bus and truck drivers, doctors, and nurses are sleep deprived.”

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