Sleep and Sleep Disorders

A third of US adults report that they usually get less than the recommended amount of sleep. Not getting enough sleep is linked with many chronic diseases and conditions—such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression—that threaten our nation’s health. Not getting enough sleep can lead to motor vehicle crashes and mistakes at work, which cause a lot of injury and disability each year. Getting enough sleep is not a luxury—it is something people need for good health. Sleep disorders can also increase a person’s risk of health problems. However, these disorders can be diagnosed and treated, bringing relief to those who suffer from them.

Woman sleeping

Getting Enough Sleep?

Man yawning behind wheel of car

Drowsy Driving

Boy sleeping in class

Schools Start Too Early

The figure above is a photograph showing an adolescent girl asleep on her desk.

Sleep and Injury-Related Risk Behaviors Among High School Students