Americans Need to Get More Sleep

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Last Updated: Tue, August 28, 2018
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It is a known fact that Americans are desperate for sleep. Millions of Americans are sleep-deprived on a regular basis, and it has a vital impact on various aspects of their lives. For example, the lack of sleep can have an adverse influence on their relationships. The reason for this is simple – being sleep-deprived destroys sex drive, which in turn affects the relationship. Job performance can also suffer a lot because of the lack of rest.

During the night, people recharge their batteries, rest their minds, and get ready for new challenges that await them. When they don’t get a good night’s rest, they are not able to concentrate and be as productive as they should, and this behavior affects job performance. Mental and physical health also suffer a lot because of the sleep deprivation. It can cause a wide variety of health problems, including high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, memory loss, strokes, and more. 

If they want to reduce the negative impact of sleep deprivation, Americans need to focus more on getting enough rest. The United States is one of the countries with the highest rate of sleep deprivation. It is not surprising that more than one-third of people in the U.S. feel they are in need of quality rest and recommended hours of sleep. 

According to research, almost 50% of Americans who don’t get enough rest during the night blame it on worry and stress. Many people in the United States have stressful jobs, and they deal with high levels of stress on a regular basis. Something like this keeps them awake at night because they are not able to relax and fall asleep. They simply have too much on their minds. Some of the leading causes of stress include the economy, loss of employment, worries about paying bills, and bad bosses. 

Places to Fall Asleep 

As a result of being too tired during the day, Americans can fall asleep at random places. For example, many doze off at work because they are not able to get through the day without a short nap. Another favorite place to take a nap, besides the bedroom, is public transportation. You can often see people sleeping in buses and subways.

However, things become dangerous when sleep-deprived individuals doze off behind the wheel. It is very dangerous as someone can get injured, or worse. Lucky people make it home without napping in random places but are too tired to enjoy their free evening. As a result, almost 5% of Americans have fallen asleep at the cinema. 

Lack of Sleep and Sex Drive 

Many people in the United States have admitted that sleep deprivation is killing their sex drive. It is not a surprise as sleep boosts testosterone levels. Testosterone is what keeps people horny and vitalized. When they don’t get enough sleep, their T-levels are affected. It also impacts their ability to focus and perform different activities, and their bodies also need more time to recover. Not being able to recover properly prevents them from giving their best performance in bed. 

It is crucial to be aware that, besides the desire for sex, the lack of rest also has an impact on fertility. According to research, sleep deprivation leads to lower sperm count in men. It happens because, if our sleep cycle is interrupted, and we don’t get enough rest, our bodies release less reproductive hormones than normally, which affects fertility. Finally, another consequence of sleepless nights is erectile dysfunction.  

Americans need to start focusing on getting enough good night’s rest because their relationships may be in danger. If the lack of sex drive continues for a prolonged period, it can have a detrimental impact on the relationship. Their job performance is also jeopardized, and that’s why they should make getting enough sleep their top priority. 

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