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Millions Too Sleepy for Sex, According to Poll

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National Sleep Foundation Poll Finds Sleep Problems Widespread, Often Ignored, with Far Reaching Consequences

Many of America's adults are sleeping poorly, and it's taking a serious toll on professional relationships, productivity, public safety and even the most intimate aspects of our lives, according to a new poll released today by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). The poll shows that sleep problems are widespread and on the rise, but they are often ignored.

NSF's Sleep in America poll finds 75% of adults frequently have a symptom of a sleep problem such as waking a lot during the night, or snoring. Although they say they have these symptoms, most ignore them and few think they actually have a sleep problem. Many adults say they are often tired, fatigued or don't feel up to par; they are not satisfied with the quality of their sleep, but most don't take steps to improve it. Only about one-half of respondents are able to say on most nights, "I had a good night's sleep."

Poor sleep and sleepiness cause disruptions in nearly every facet of one's life.

  • 60% of adults licensed to drive say they have driven drowsy in the past year, an increase over recent years; 4% have had an accident or near accident because they were too tired, or actually dozed off while driving.

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  • Sleep-related issues are cited as the most common reason people are late for work. Almost 3 in 10 working adults say they have missed work, events/activities or made errors at work because of sleep-related issues in the past three months.

  • For partnered adults, sleep problems are doubly disruptive, as one partner's sleep problem can cause the other to lose, on average, nearly an hour of sleep a night.

  • One or both partners are often too sleepy for sex, and many couples sleep apart because of a sleep problem.

"The 2005 Sleep in America poll shows that sleep is the great American divide. Half of the country sleeps pretty well