If you’re the average American adult, you don’t sleep for the recommended eight hours a night or 56 hours a week or 2,920 hours a year. Consequently, this issue of sleep loss has become a serious public health concern in the US. Not only does insufficient sleep reduce our productivity, it also increases the risk for many serious diseases and health problems like heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and obesity.
In an effort to spread awareness about insufficient sleep, Van Winkles has created a Sleep Debt Clock which is designed to track America’s sleep debt since January 1, 2016 and shows how far behind we are on our sleep.
“As you can see, it features a running tab of sleep debt accrued every second by Americans between the ages of five and 85. It also also breaks down debt share by age group and for those in the military. Consider it our version of the Doomsday Clock. We hope it grabs your attention and gets you thinking about sleep. ”
Let’s all help paying back sleep debt by striving for quality sleep.