A new study found that a growing number of Americans are getting less than the recommended seven hours of sleep a night, especially healthcare workers.
Using data from the National Health Interview Survey of 150,000 adults working in different occupations, researchers from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, found that from 2010 to 2018 the percentage of respondents who self-reported getting inadequate sleep increased from 30.9% to 35.6%. For healthcare workers, the percentage was 45%.
Although the researchers didn't examine why respondents were getting less sleep, they speculate that rising stress levels may be one of the reasons. Healthcare works may find it difficult to let go of the life-or-death situations they deal with throughout the day.