“They” in this case is the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Their interest is not prurient, but pragmatic. According to their latest studies, one in three of us don’t get enough sleep. That totals 40 million workers getting less than six hours a night. Especially true of night-shift workers who often hold critical jobs in health care and transportation.
Look at it this way. How would you feel if the pilot flying you 40,000 feet over the Atlantic had gotten only six hours sleep last night? The study shows 20% of all traffic accidents are related to sleepiness at the controls. Not to mention increased risks of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and obesity.
Talking about obesity, the BBC reports that taken cumulatively the world population is 16.5 million tons overweight. Although chances are, bad eating habits are more to blame than bad sleeping habits. Especially in Sweden where the workweek now averages less than 26 hours, allowing more time eating!
So what have we learned…?
Not much we didn’t already know. Americans have traditionally been a hyperactive people. I mean we popularized the rocking chair, because it means now you can be in motion even when you’re at rest. But my concern is not so much medical as it is social. Sleeping less often means watching television more. If the Center were to visit our bedrooms tonight, what might they see?
Well, beside that.
I’m thinking they would see millions of fat sleepy Americans watching bizarre people in reality shows who they would never allow in their own home! I know we’re sleepy, but crazy too…?
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