A new study focusing on America’s sleep patterns may shed light on why we are all so tired all the time.
Not surprisingly, the research revealed that most Americans thought they didn’t get what they decided to be enough sleep or enough depth sleep.
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The study – which, of interest for complete disclosure, was ordered by a sleep supplement brand called RestoreZ – prompted 2,000 Americans to come to these rather obvious results. But in addition to confirming that we could use a little more closed eyes, research revealed how we perceive ourselves to behave differently when we are sleep deprived.
Of those surveyed, 47 percent thought their moods were suffering when they didn̵
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Many of the participants also felt that their health suffered when they did not sleep well, with 32 percent believing that their immunity was inferior to it, and 23 percent thought they also chose to eat fewer healthy foods and preferred unhealthy alternatives instead.
And if you think grogginess doesn’t take its toll on your marriage, think again: 28 percent claimed their relationships were more stressed and / or strained when they didn’t sleep well.
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Most of the findings are in line with those described in previous studies, including one performed by a Johns Hopkins sleep scientist on the effects of insomnia, which documented harmful effects on the brain (including depression, irritability and “fuzzy thinking”), and health (the craving after unhealthy foods, higher levels of obesity, less active immune system) and even safety (when using a motor vehicle).
Studies cited by Harvard also suggest that insufficient sleep can damage health, productivity and even public safety.
“Sleep can sometimes seem like a spent luxury,” said Orfeu M Buxton, a graduate student, with Harvard’s Department of Sleep Medicine, who had previously said about the results of similar research. “But studies of animals and humans that show changes in immune function, metabolic function, and many other aspects of physiology suggest that sleep is actually crucial for longevity and quality of life.”
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OnePoll’s survey showed that Americans often look for different methods to get better sleep, the most popular of which are herbal supplements, non-prescription drugs, prescription sleep aids or melatonin supplements, but experts, including Johns Hopkins sleep researcher, suggest a “perfect help”.