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Surprise, surprise. Americans are getting less sleep.

Dec 13, 2018

Teens' biological clock drives them to stay up late and sleep in. Most school start times don't accommodate that drive.

Teens’ biological clock drives them to stay up late and sleep in. ; Credit: /Jasper Cole/Getty Images

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A new study published by researchers at USC, Arizona State and the University of South Carolina discovered a hike in Americans getting six hours or less of sleep a night.

Defined as “short” sleep, the data revealed that between 2013 and 2017 people sleeping six hours or less jumped from 29% to 33%, and was a significant trend among African-American and Hispanic individuals. What’s more worrying is that individuals in these communities seem to be experiencing less sleep at a faster rate than others.

So why are we tossing and turning? The researchers associated less sleep with periods of economic instability, societal stress and increased smartphone use.

Are you getting enough “zzz’s” each night? If not, why do you think that is? Stress? Instagram? Call 866.893.5722.

Guest:

Jennifer Ailshire, assistant professor of Gerontology and Sociology at USC; she is the senior author of the new study published in the journal, Sleep

This content is from Southern California Public Radio. View the original story at SCPR.org.

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