According to a new study, more than a third of workers in the United States do not get permanent sleep and this phenomenon is particularly common among health care workers.
This study considers the self-reports of 150,000 working adults in a different field from 2010 to 2018.
The report suggests short sleep disturbances were significantly higher in 2018 than the number of workers who slept less than seven hours a night.
While overall the trend of over-the-hour sleep is increasing overnight, it is particularly found in workers in the healthcare and law enforcement sectors.
In 2018, 50% of personnel working in the security service and military occupations reported sleep deprivation, while 45% of health care workers and 41% of the professionals in transportation materials moving industries.
Although the relationship between sleep deprivation in some fields and the cause is not known, researchers say they believe that under stressful circumstances, individuals are more likely to bring home all the stress that affects sleep.
”If you are a police officer who just had a shooting encounter, it’s hard for the brain to feel rested, and if that state is not achieved you don’t sleep,” researcher Jagdish Khubchandani said in an interview with NPR.
Researchers say people who do not get enough sleep are at increased risk of physical and mental health problems. People who get seven to nine hours less sleep are more at risk for obesity heart disease, diabetes, and anxiety, Jagdish said.
”We’re a very engaged 24-7 society and one of the first activities that get curtailed is our sleep and many people are just not devoting enough time to sleep at nighttime,” clinical psychologist Todd Arnedt told NPR.
Researchers suggest making some changes to the Jagdish, lifestyle for better nightly rest, saying things like healthy diet, exercise, and mediation can help, though they add that responsibility not only to employees but also on employers.
He said addressing stress in the workplace can help ensure workers are getting better sleep.
”Employers that are willing to help employees develop adequate sleep times may increase the probability of workplace productivity, reduction in employee health care costs, and improving workplace safety and health,” the researchers wrote.