Researchers claim the frequent absence of a good nightâ€™s sleep is undermining health, endangering lives on the road, jeopardizing marriages, hurting job performances and spoiling sex lives across the country.
â€œAmericansâ€™ poor sleep is creating a public health and safety crisis in need of immediate attention,â€ said Richard Gelula, the groupâ€™s chief executive officer.
It's something you can bring to the attention of your workforce in your next safety meeting or communiquÃ©.
The poll showed that â€œsleep is the great American divide,â€ Gelula said. â€œHalf of the country sleeps pretty well. The other half has problems.â€
On average, respondents said they needed a minimum of 6-1â„2 hours of sleep per night to function at their best the next day.
Half said they are often tired and fatigued during the day, and 17 percent said they feel this way nearly every day.
The poll, conducted by WB&A Market Research, interviewed a random sample of 1,506 adults. The margin of error is 2.5 percentage points.
The poll found that sleepiness causes problems in nearly every facet of life: