Sleep -- New Survey Suggests Most People Feel They Don't Get Enough and Many Don't Seek Help

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The majority of people feel they get less sleep than they need, yet most don't seek help, according to an independent study conducted by morefocus, an online research organization. Of the 4,000 people surveyed over the course of a year, only 19 percent of whom suffered from a diagnosed sleep disorder, 74 percent said they don't get as much sleep as they feel they should. Of those, 46 percent believe they're missing their mark by at least three hours, with nearly 80 percent reporting that they require eight or more hours of sleep a night to feel completely refreshed.

Given the depth of research data on sleep's impact on the immune system, let alone the obvious 'feel-good' factor and general mental acuity, it was interesting to note how few of those who felt that they needed more sleep had actually sought treatment

The majority of people feel they get less sleep than they need, yet most don't seek help, according to an independent study conducted by morefocus, an online research organization.

Of the 4,000 people surveyed over the course of a year, only 19 percent of whom suffered from a diagnosed sleep disorder, 74 percent said they don't get as much sleep as they feel they should. Of those, 46 percent believe they're missing their mark by at least three hours, with nearly 80 percent reporting that they require eight or more hours of sleep a night to feel completely refreshed.

Although 55 percent of the people surveyed believe that being well-rested is as important as nutrition and exercise, a full 33 percent take no action to remedy their situation. Those who did make an effort to improve their sleep used a variety of methods. Fifty-five percent say they've tried some form of prescribed or over-the-counter medication to aid sleep. Fifty-two percent, meanwhile, have tried a holistic approach using herbs, vitamins, meditation or a combination of both. Of the total sample reporting that they don't get as much sleep as they feel they need, 34 percent say they've never sought any treatment of any kind.

"Given the depth of research data on sleep's impact on the immune system, let alone the obvious 'feel-good' factor and general mental acuity, it was interesting to note how few of those who felt that they needed more sleep had actually sought treatment," said Richard Scuderi MD Ph.D., Medical Director of morefocus. "I was also fascinated, although not necessarily surprised, to note that a full 38 percent of the sleep-deprived, admitted to drinking caffeine or alcohol too close to bedtime, in spite of knowing the negative impact."

In terms of causes, stress is reported as the largest reason. Sixty-five percent of those surveyed put stress as the major cause, with fifty-three percent of this group noting that work or school left too little time for a solid night's sleep. Dr. Regan Carey, morefocus Research Director, commented, "It is clear from the results that the stress, sleep-deprivation, stress cycle is a significant threat, certainly to national productivity, but more seriously, to longevity." Dr. Carey continued, "future studies in this series will focus on the relationship between diet and sleep, as well as looking at the difference between European and North American populations."

The morefocus survey was commissioned by the online publication Sleep-Deprivation.com. Further information and summary results of the survey are available on request from morefocus.

About morefocus group inc.
San Diego- and London-based morefocus group inc., builds and maintains high-traffic networks across multiple verticals. Independently, or together with its domain-owning clients, the Company owns or controls a leading independent healthcare and lifestyle network controlled by a suite of proprietary publishing, ad-serving, analytics and behavioral monitoring applications. The publications and software applications are applied to build engaged traffic, recruit, sample and manage registered consumers, and build marketing ROI for major healthcare and consumer marketing corporations.

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