New research compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that increasing your income could lead to more sleep. The CDC is even calling sleep deprivation “a public heath epidemic,” and is encouraging our nation to tuck in for better overall quality of life.
About 35% people with an income equal or below the poverty line, $23,550 for a household of four in 2013, admitted to sleeping 6 hours or less each night. While on the other hand, only 25% of people in a household of four with an annual income of $94,000 reported sleeping less than 6 hours on a regular basis.
As The Washington Post points out, the reason for these findings may be that families with lower incomes are working to keep their lives afloat with multiple jobs.
While this research may not be surprising, obtaining quality sleep may be the motivation you need to go after a promotion, head back to school or finally take the next step in chasing your very own American dream.
Poor sleep can hold you back from reaching your dreams as it reduces your productivity, creativity, focus, concentration and hinders your memory. Not to mention, the fact that sleep deprivation increases your chances of heart disease, obesity, cancer, dementia, hypertension and an earlier demise. Drowsy driving is behind 80,000 traffic accidents a year, with 1,000 ending in a fatality.
Not taking sleep for granted and committing to collecting more can boost GPAs, test results, inspire new ideas, help you solve problems faster, improve relationships and even assist you in earning a higher income.
Adults need 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night for a inspiring outlook, more energy and better health. Make the changes you need for deeper, refreshing snooze tonight!