The study also found that short sleep varied significantly by occupation. Those who work in the manufacturing industry reported the least sleep among occupations, with 34% reporting less than six hours. Night shift workers reported even less, with 44% getting less than 6 hours a night. Night shift workers in the transportation industry had the least amount of sleep of night shift workers, with almost 70% reporting less than six hours a night. Health care night shift workers were close behind, with 52% getting less than six hours a night.
While getting too little sleep is rampant, insomnia is also at epidemic levels. One out of ten Americans suffer from chronic insomnia according to the CDC.
While conventional doctors prescribe numerous pharmaceuticals to promote sleep, recent research has found that most sleep medications can be addictive if used for long durations. Many sleep medicines also cause daytime drowsiness, as well as other adverse side effects. Natural sleep remedies are popular because they are provide relaxation and extended sleep without the side effects found in many pharmaceuticals.
Centers for Disease Control. Short Sleep Duration Among Workers – United States, 2010. MMWR. 2012. April 27. 61(16).
Adams C. Natural Sleep Solutions for Insomnia: The Science of Sleep, Dreaming, and Nature’s Sleep Remedies. Sacred Earth, 2010.