March 12, 2008


Study: Americans Are Getting More Sleep Than Previously Thought (RICK WEISS, March 12, 2008, Washington Post)

Their report, "Not so Deprived: Sleep in America, 1965-2005," scheduled for release by the university today, finds that Americans on average got 59 hours of sleep a week in 2005, the latest year for which precise statistics are available. That is three hours more than in 2000.

The new numbers contrast significantly with the 2008 "Sleep in America" poll, the oft-quoted survey conducted annually by the Washington-based National Sleep Foundation, which advocates for better diagnosis and treatment of sleep problems. Released last week, that survey concluded that Americans get an average of only 48 hours of sleep a week.

The difference, experts said, reflects the two groups' methodologies. The Sleep Foundation survey asks Americans to estimate how much sleep they typically get. By contrast, the Maryland analysis draws upon detailed "time-use" data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Department of Labor Statistics. In that approach, individuals must account for every minute of the previous day.

"This gives us a much better picture of where the time goes than when people just make an estimate," Mr. Robinson said.

...the patient is lying.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 12, 2008 10:56 AM
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