Stressed Out Without Enough Sleep

Stressed out without enough sleep

Sleep is a necessary human function — it allows our brains to recharge and our bodies to rest.1 When we do not sleep long or well enough, our bodies do not get the full benefits of sleep, such as muscle repair and memory consolidation.2 Sleep is so crucial that even slight sleep deprivation or poor sleep can affect memory, judgment and mood.3 In addition to feelings of listlessness, chronic sleep deprivation can contribute to health problems, from obesity and high blood pressure to safety risks while driving.4 Research has shown that most Americans would be happier, healthier and safer if they were to sleep an extra 60 to 90 minutes per night.5

This year’s Stress in America™ survey shows that stress may be interfering with Americans’ sleep, keeping many adults and teens from getting the sleep they need to be healthy.

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