Updated September 18, 2014

Sleep Statistics: Why You Need More Shut-Eye

How to do it and where you'll see the benefits
Read more about Career Advice

Quality sleep or lack thereof can affect all facets of your life: academic performance, career, health, and your safety on the road. Frequent drowsiness can basically hijack your life. By making it a priority to get enough quality sleep, you can give yourself an edge – on life. Keep reading to find tips on how to get a roundtrip to dreamland.


The Rundown on Sleep

25%
of adults say they occasionally do not get enough sleep.

Nearly 10%
experience chronic insomnia.

10-11 hours
of sleep each day is needed for children 5-10 years of age.

9.5 hours
is the average (median) number of hours of sleep school-age children get each night.

8.5-9.25 hours
is needed for those between 10-17 years of age.

31%
of high school students get at least 8 hours of sleep per day.

7-9 hours
of nightly ZZZs are needed for adults.

Nearly 30%
of adults get 6 or less hours of sleep per day.

(Source: CDC, National Sleep Foundation, CDC National Health Interview Survey)

The Downside of Drowsiness: Danger on the Road

  • 1,550 fatalities and 40,000 nonfatal injuries in the U.S. are attributed each year to drowsy driving.
  • 4.7% of people admit nodding off or falling asleep while driving at least once in the past month.
    People Most at Risk:
  • Men age 16-29
  • Shift workers who work at night or irregular hours
  • People with untreated sleep apnea or narcolepsy
    Other Common Risks:
  • Driving between midnight and 6 a.m.
  • Driving long periods of time without taking a break
  • Using sedatives
  • Having an unrecognized or untreated sleep disorder
  • Consuming alcohol, which adds to drowsiness

(Source: DOT, CDC)

The Pitfalls of Poor Sleep

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, insufficient sleep increases the risk of the following diseases.

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cardiovascular diseases, most notably:
    • Hypertension
    • Stroke
    • Coronary heart disease
    • Cardiac arrhythmias
    • Atherosclerosis
  • Excess body weight
  • Depression

Common sleep disorders include:

  • Insomnia: The inability to fall asleep or maintain sleep
  • Narcolepsy: Excessive daytime sleepiness accompanied by sudden muscle weakness
  • Restless legs syndrome: A creeping sensation accompanied by aches and pains in the legs
  • Sleep apnea: Involuntary cessation of breathing while sleeping

Exercise and Sleep

It’s hard to ignore the link between exercise and sleep. Those who work out during the day rest easy at night, according to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2013 Sleep in America poll. The following results show the level of sleep success people attain based on the level of exercise they do.

Vigorous to Moderate ExercisersLight ExercisersNon-Exercisers
Have a good night's sleep most work nights67% - 58%56%39%
Rarely or never have woke up too early and could not fall asleep again72% - 65%61%58%
Experience excessive sleepiness12% - 15%13%24%
Have trouble staying awake while driving, eating, and socializing at least once a week4% - 6%5%14%

Gender Differences (National Sleep Foundation’s 2012 Bedroom Poll)

  • 27% of women are disturbed by their partner's movement vs. 16% of men.
  • 41% of women are disturbed by their partner's snoring vs. 23% of men.

Helpful Hints for Hitting the Sack

  • Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
  • Don't eat large meals or foods that make you restless before bedtime.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime.
  • Steer clear of nicotine.

While there are many ways to get a better night’s sleep, such as buying new pillows or mattress, don’t overlook the possibility of a sleeping disorder. Consult a physician if you suspect you may have a serious problem.

Sources:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • National Sleep Foundation
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

More from CreditDonkey:


Why Do Smart People Stay Up Late

Infographic: Death

Death Statistics


10 Life and Money Lessons from Running

More Articles in Money Tips

Career Advice

edX Review

Get an Ivy League-caliber education for free. If you are serious about saving money and building wealth, edX is a nonprofit, open source education platform you should not ignore.

Articles on Sleep Statistics: Why You Need More Shut-Eye

    When is the Best Time to Buy a Mattress

    By Allison Martin - Money Tips
    Mattress stores slash prices as much as 60% during the year. But buying online may still save you the most money. Read on to learn more, plus tips to help you shop.

    Why Do Smart People Stay Up Late

    By Abigail H - Money Tips
    We've all heard Ben Franklin's famous saying, "Early to bed, early to rise. Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." It may be true that the go-getters among us tend to get up early, but it's also true that more intelligent people tend to stay ...

How to Start a Conversation with a Girl Online

Starting a conversation with that cute girl could seem so scary. But it doesn't have to be. Here are 5 simple steps to get her attention.






About CreditDonkey®
CreditDonkey is a credit card comparison website. We publish data-driven analysis to help you save money & make savvy decisions.

Editorial Note: Any opinions, analyses, reviews or recommendations expressed on this page are those of the author's alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any card issuer.

†Advertiser Disclosure: Many of the card offers that appear on this site are from companies from which CreditDonkey receives compensation. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site (including, for example, the order in which they appear). CreditDonkey does not include all companies or all offers that may be available in the marketplace.

*See the card issuer's online application for details about terms and conditions. Reasonable efforts are made to maintain accurate information. However, all information is presented without warranty. When you click on the "Apply Now" button you can review the terms and conditions on the card issuer's website.

CreditDonkey does not know your individual circumstances and provides information for general educational purposes only. CreditDonkey is not a substitute for, and should not be used as, professional legal, credit or financial advice. You should consult your own professional advisors for such advice.