<b>Sleep deprivation and what you can do about it</b>

Sleep deprivation is an epidemic among Americans. Learn the risks and symptoms of sleep deprivation, and how to combat it.
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Sleep deprivation is an epidemic among Americans. Learn the risks and symptoms of sleep deprivation, and how to combat it.

  • Three-Mile Island nuclear power plant accident in Pennsylvania, 1979
  • Challenger space shuttle explosion, 1986
  • Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, 1989

What do these have in common? In-depth studies into all the incidents cited human error due to sleep deprivation as a major contributing factor in each accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one third of Americans are sleep-deprived, with nearly 84 million getting less than seven hours of sleep a night.

Millions of Americans are considered shift workers, and some of the most serious and persistent problems that shift workers face are frequent sleep disturbances and the resulting excessive sleepiness. Shift work sleep disorder is when you have trouble sleeping because you work nights or rotating shifts. Click here to read more about sleep deprivation and shift work sleep disorder, as well as learn what can be done to combat it.