Report: A Third of Americans Not Getting Enough Sleep

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Are you getting a full night's rest? According to science, at least seven hours of sleep reduces the risk of potentially life threatening health issues.

It's not uncommon to feel as though you aren't getting enough sleep at night.

In fact, a new study from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention recently reports that every 1 in 3 Americans are not getting an adequate night's rest.

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The risk of not receiving at least 7 hours of sleep, NBC News shares, leads to potential risks like obesity, heart disease and various other ailments and issues.

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"As a nation we are not getting enough sleep," said Dr. Wayne Giles, CDC's Division of Population Health director. 

The study of 400,000 people revealed that 65 percent said they sleep for seven or more hours a night. Of those surveyed, only half of African-Americans responded that they receive adequate sleep versus two-thirds of whites and Hispanics.

Factors of economic status and employment also affect sleep habits.

"People who reported they were unable to work or were unemployed had lower healthy sleep duration (51 percent and 60 percent, respectively) than did employed respondents (65 percent)."

Giles suggests that "lifestyle changes such as going to bed at the same time each night; rising at the same time each morning; and turning off or removing televisions, computers, mobile devices from the bedroom, can help people get the healthy sleep they need."

On average, how many hours of sleep do you get each night?

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