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One in Four Americans Missing Out on Sleep

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Posted on Jan 25, 2003, 10 a.m. By Bill Freeman

A recent poll by the National Sleep Foundation has revealed that one in four, or 47-million Americans aren't getting enough sleep. Results showed that the average American sleeps for 6.9-hours on weeknights and 7.5-hours at the weekend, however 58% of respondents said they suffered from insomnia and 15% said they relied on prescription or over-the-counter drugs to help them nod off.

A recent poll by the National Sleep Foundation has revealed that one in four, or 47-million Americans aren't getting enough sleep. Results showed that the average American sleeps for 6.9-hours on weeknights and 7.5-hours at the weekend, however 58% of respondents said they suffered from insomnia and 15% said they relied on prescription or over-the-counter drugs to help them nod off. Altogether, nearly three-quarters (74%) of participants said they suffered from at least one sleeping problem, such as difficulty getting to sleep or snoring. Dr Jodi Mindell, a spokesperson for the National Sleep Foundation, said: "People have to make sleep a priority."

SOURCE/REFERENCE: Reported by www.reutershealth.com on the 2nd April 2002

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