Sleep and Health

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The NSF Sleep in America poll found poor health and obesity are linked to an increased frequency of sleep problems. Women who report being in fair or poor health are significantly more likely than those who report being in excellent or very good health to:

  • Experience any symptom of a sleep disorder at least a few nights per week (66% vs. 30%)

  • Have been told by a doctor that they have a sleep disorder (40% vs. 10%)

  • Experience daytime sleepiness at least a few days per week (46% vs. 12%)

  • Have missed at least one day of work because of sleepiness or a sleep problem in the past month (26% vs. 7%)

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  • Use any sleep aid at least a few nights per week (54% vs. 19%)

Additionally, women with height and weight that would be categorized as obese (BMI ≥ 30) are more likely than those with a BMI classified as overweight or average weight to:

  • Snore at least a few nights each week (46% vs. 33% for overweight and 21% for average weight)

  • Experience daytime sleepiness at least a few days a week (31% vs. 22% for overweight and 18% for average weight)

  • Use a prescription sleep aid at least a few nights per week (23% vs. 14% for overweight and 11% for average weight)

"Adopting healthy behaviors such as eating nutritious foods, being physically active, watching your weight, and getting enough sleep are important steps toward living a healthy life,"

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