According to a report issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 35% of Americans don’t get enough sleep, but marriage could help solve the problem.
CDC researchers found that many American adults don’t get the recommended seven hous of sleep per night. Surprisingly, married couples fared a lot better despite the commonly held belief that marriage means fewer hours of night rest because of kids and bed-sharing.
Study investigators found that 77 percent of married people got the recommended hours of sleep. Only 56 percent of Americans who had been in a relationship but were either divorced or separated could say the same thing. Sixty-two percent of people who never married said they got a full night’s rest.
Dr. Shalini Paruthi of the St. Luke’s Hospital’s sleep center said she was not surprised with the new findings. She noted that past research have pointed to that conclusion indirectly. For instance, there were studies that suggested having a partner may benefit both partners’ health.
Dr. Paruthi believes that couples can easily adjust their sleep patterns to get the recommended sleep hours because they work as a team. Additionally, a spouse can signal to the other partner that he or she may have sleep troubles.
For instance, a sleep partner could tell you when you snore, so you may seek help. Plus, a positive attitude from the life partner may encourage you to get a regular sleep. It is as simple as one’s wife or husband to tell their spouse that they noticed they are in a better mood when they get enough sleep to fix the problem.
The analysis also found that the state with the lowest quality of sleep is Hawaii where only 56 percent got enough sleep. By contrast, in South Dakota 72 percent people got the recommended amount of sleep.
The U.S.’s southeast and the Appalachian region also had some of the nation’s worst sleep patterns. CDC investigators noted that these states also score high on the obesity and chronic disease list. Obesity, heart disease, and other similar conditions have been often tied to poor sleep.
About 60 percent of the unemployed and 51 percent of the people who are unable to work had enough nighttime sleep. By contrast, about 65 percent of the workforce slept more than seven hours per night.
Dr. Paruthi cautioned that chronic sleep deprivation could lead to a cohort of other health troubles including diabetes, depression, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and high blood pressure.
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