CDC Study Finds 30% of American Workers Sleep Less Than Six Hours a Night

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May 18, 2012

A new CDC study shows that overall, 30.0% of workers responding to the 2010 National Health Interview Survey reported short sleep duration (?6 hours per day). The prevalence of short sleep duration varied by industry of employment with a significantly higher rate among workers in manufacturing compared with all workers combined. Among all workers, those who usually worked the night shift had a much higher prevalence than those who worked the day shift. An especially high prevalence of short sleep duration was reported by night shift workers in the transportation and warehousing and health-care and social assistance industries. Targeted interventions, such as shift systems that maximize sleep opportunities and training programs on sleep for managers and employees, should be implemented to protect the health and safety of workers and the public.