According to the CDC, 30% of Americans (or 40 million of us) are not getting adequate sleep (six or fewer hours per night). Night-shift workers, especially those in logistics, transportation and healthcare, are at the highest risk of sleep deprivation. Those who work more than 40 hours per week are more likely to be sleep deprived as well.
But when we don’t prioritize sleep, what do we really lose?
As it turns out, a whole lot.
Did you know that even a moderately sleep deprived person will have 50% slower response time than someone who is under the influence of alcohol (Sleep.org)?
39.7% of Americans reported falling asleep unintentionally at work in the last 30 days (Healthline). Now imagine that person is your doctor, nurse or a truck driver.
Furthermore, sleep deprivation is estimated to have cost American companies over 60 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR in lost productivity. In fact, sleeping less than six hours a night is the #1 predictor of burn-out (Sleep.org).
Just how important is sleep? We love this quote from Arianna Huffington, author of The Sleep Revolution and founder of Thrive Global:
When you put it like that, it sounds pretty important. But that’s not all. Great sleep can improve our short-term memory, our focus and retention, make stress easier to deal with, and improve our immune system.
If you have trouble getting to sleep at night, try booking a massage. It’s a stress reliever and can help bring the body back into balance after an energy-sucking day (or month, or year).