Americans Losing Sleep Over the Economy

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March 1, 2009

One-third of Americans are losing sleep over the state of the U.S. economy and other personal financial concerns, according to the National Sleep Foundation's 2009 Sleep in America ™ poll. The poll, which surveyed a random sample of 1,000 adults at least 18 years of age, also found that those in good health who are getting enough sleep are two times as likely to work efficiently, exercise or eat healthy as those in poor health. “It’s easy to understand why so many people are concerned over the economy and jobs, but sacrificing sleep is the wrong solution,” said David Cloud, CEO of the National Sleep Foundation. “Sleep is essential for productivity and alertness and is a vital sign for one’s overall health.” As experts predict that the U.S. economic situation may get worse in 2009, the National Sleep Foundation encourages Americans to maintain good sleep, exercise and diet routines to help combat anxiety and improve health and productivity. People should speak with their doctor if they are experiencing sleep problems.