Essay Sleep Deprivation During The United States

1022 Words Dec 4th, 2015 5 Pages
Sleep deprivation in the United States is a problem. According to Durmer and Dinges (2005) sleep deprivation affects nearly 20% of all adults in the United States. This means that in a room with 40 people, 8 of them are sleep deprived and more accident prone. Up to 50% of College students exhibit symptoms of daytime sleepiness and sleep deprivation (Herschner; Chervin, 2014). If so many people are sleep deprived, then studying the subject and making people aware of the effects of sleep deprivation is important for peoples’ safety, health and productivity. The Center for Disease Control states that sleep deprivation is linked to motor vehicle crashes and nodding off at work. (Centers for Disease Control) According to a poll conducted by Sleep in America, 66% of young adults stated that they had had incidences of drowsy driving. Out of, 1039 students, 16% reported falling asleep while driving. (Herschner, Chervin, 2014) 16% is an alarming number, considering how many people are on the road to and from school, or to and from work. Also stated by the Centers for Disease Control, sleep deprivation can also contribute to chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease obesity and cancer (Centers for Disease Control). People who regularly get less than six hours of sleep are at a higher risk of obesity than people who sleep 8 or more hours at night. It is thought that this occurs because the body secretes hormones to regulate the appetite,…

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