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Average Sleep Time Drops, Increasing Health Risk

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

Story at-a-glance -

  • Americans are sleeping less and less; 20% of Brits have seen their doctor for exhaustion
  • Sleep deprivation is associated with an increased risk of accidents; driving while sleep deprived is comparable to driving drunk
  • Lack of sleep ages your heart, increases insulin resistance and increases blood pressure and blood vessel inflammation
  • Together, heavy metal toxicity and EMF exposure increase fatigue by affecting the production of ATP, cellular energy
  • Although the list of health challenges associated with sleep loss is significant, there are natural options to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep

A recently released survey from Mattress Firm revealed some disturbing facts about sleep patterns in America, as shown in this short video. This is important since the effects of sleep deprivation can range from mild to devastating.

For instance, the Anchorage Daily News recounts the story of third mate Gregory Cousins, who had slept a mere six hours between 8 p.m. on March 22, 1989, until just after midnight on March 24, when he ran the supertanker Exxon Valdez aground.


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