A pair of recent studies have emerged with some not so surprising news: Americans need to get more goddamn sleep.
A study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says 1 in 3 adults get less than the recommended seven hours a night of sleep. The second study is from staffing firm Accountemps, which found that 74% of workers surveyed feel tired on the job.
An expert in the field of sleep told NPR that showing up to work after not getting enough sleep is basically the same thing as showing up to work after drinking a bunch of alcohol, and it's a growing problem.
William David Brown, a sleep psychologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and author of Sleeping Your Way to the Top, says Americans are sacrificing more and more sleep every year. Fatigue is cumulative, he says, and missing the equivalent of one night's sleep is like having a blood alcohol concentration of about 0.1 — above the legal limit to drive.
So basically: Sleep is good. Go to sleep! Your body (and your boss) will thank you for it.