Behind The Mic With Joe Mathieu: Most Americans Sleep Deprived

By Joe Mathieu, WBZ NewsRadio 1030

BOSTON (CBS) – This is a story of stress and anxiety.

Just two of the many reasons why Americans are not getting enough sleep.

I’m guessing you can relate, as a new study finds a wide majority of Americans – 83-percent – do not consistently get a good night’s sleep.

It was released Monday at the Sleep 2013 conference in Baltimore (where they don’t actually sleep) and here’s why people told researchers they can’t get enough shut eye.

Nearly half the people surveyed say stress and anxiety were the biggest things that keep them up at night.

23-percent of respondents blame background noise.

A similar number blame children or pets.

17-percent blame their spouses or significant others.

And I love this one – 32-percent say they are too overtired to rest.

Sounds like a uniquely American problem. And I’m not sure how you fix that.

Maybe try staying-up until you fall asleep?

The survey also finds a gender disparity with 88-percent of women reporting sleep deprivation or sleep disorders compared with 78-percent of men.

Something to consider next time she says you’re snoring.

You can follow Joe on Twitter @JoeMathieuWBZ.

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