Healthcare workers aren't getting enough sleep

Almost half of healthcare workers (45 percent) in the U.S. sleep less than seven hours a night, according to research featured by NPR.

Seven to nine hours of sleep are recommended per night. Less than seven hours of sleep is linked to obesity, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, anxiety and other mental health issues, according to the report.

Healthcare ranks as the second most sleepless profession, following protective services and military, in which only half of workers get more than the recommended seven hours. However, Americans across all professions are getting less sleep. Researchers found the percentage of American adults sleeping less than seven hours increased from 30.9 percent to 35.8 percent from 2010 to 2018, according to the report.

The study was published in the Journal of Community Health, and it is based on data from 150,000 adults who completed the National Health Interview Survey. 

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