How Much Do You Sleep? Experts Say it's Critical for Work-Life Balance

It’s 2014 and no one can say exactly what will take place in the course of the year. One thing we do know, however, is that society seems to be moving so fast that none of us has a handle on all the changes taking place.

In this illuminating new feature, author Jeff Davidson, offers a month-by-month look at trends in society that affect us all, including a “by the numbers” snapshot of sleep patterns, distracted driving, computers and the Internet, clutter, nutrition and health, leisure, stress and health, cell phone use, money, multitasking, distractions, and spending habits.

To kick off the feature, here is a look at emerging sleep patterns, some of which you may have already sensed and others, which will be completely new to you.

Sleep perchance to dream. Just how well, however, do we sleep? Do we get enough each night? Do we awake refreshed? A quick look at the numbers tells us that apparently not all is well in slumberland.


Women are twice as likely as men to have trouble staying and falling asleep. – Delta Sleep Labs

Percentage of adults who have insomnia at any point throughout the year: 30% –

Only 31% of high school students report sleeping at least 8 hours each night. – CDC

Number of classified sleep disorders: 84 – Delta Sleep Labs

Poor sleep habits can cause a number of problems, including: Weight Gain, Depression, Irritability, Poor Motor Skills, Decreased Concentration, Missing Work –

Adults who say they have struggled with the following activities due to lack of sleep: Concentration - 23%,  Memory - 18%,  Driving - 11% – CDC

18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. – Lauber

In terms of worker productivity, sleep deprivation annually costs companies: $63.2 billion – Harvard

1/3 of U.S. adults sleep fewer than six hours each night. – Center Disease Control

40,000 non-fatal car crashes each year are attributed to sleep deprivation. – National Department of Transportation

Humans spend ONE THIRD of their lives sleeping. – Sleep Disorders

During a baby’s first 2 years, each parent misses nearly 912 hours of sleep, equal to 6 months’ worth of sleep at 5 hours per night. – Delta Sleep Labs

40 million People or 13% of the U.S. population have a sleep disorder. – National Sleep Foundation