World Stats

Before Thomas Edison’s invention of the light bulb, people slept an average of 10 hours a night; today Americans average 6.9 hours of sleep on weeknights and 7.5 hours per night on weekends.1

The average person spends almost a third of his or her life sleeping. That means that someone who lives for 75 years will spend a total of 25 years asleep.2

The average Canadian gets 8hrs. 18 minutes of sleep every day.3

6 in 10 Canadians say they feel tired most of the time.4

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On average Canadians sleep at least 19 minutes more on weekends.5

60% of Canadians ages 25-44 admitted to cutting back on sleep when they needed more time.6

The Impact of Sleep Deprivation

When we are sleep deprived, our focus and attention drift, making it more difficult to receive or process information. Out interpretation of events may be affected. Low-quality sleep and sleep deprivation also negatively impact mood, which has consequences for learning. It is clear that a good night’s rest has the potential to positively impact both learning and memory.7

“30% of medical problems that doctors are faced with stem directly or indirectly from sleep.” – Russell Foster, Professor of Circadian Neuroscience at University of Oxford8

Research has revealed that

people who consistently fail to get enough sleep are at an increased risk of chronic disease.9

Being awake for prolonged periods during the night may impair our natural pain-control mechanisms, according to a 2007 study from Johns Hopkins University.10

Causes of Sleeplessness

Pain is the leading cause of insomnia. In the adult population, about 15% of those suveyed reported experiencing chronic pain. However, in older adults, that number rises dramatically to over 50%.11

“The relevance of sleep and pain interactions is made clear by findings that chronic pain affects approximately one-fifth of the adult population and that approximately two-thirds of chornic pain patents report poor sleep and fatigue as secondary complaints.”12

When a person experiences stress, a biochemical reaction occurs in the brain that alerts a person in the same way that it does when there is something to fear. Stress inhibits biochemical readiness for sleep.13

1. http://www.penbayhealthcare.org/penbaymedicalcenter/service/From_the_Sleep_Lab_Director/

2. http://issuu.com/iasp/docs/n4-sleeppain?mode=embed&layout=http%3A%2F%2Fskin.issuu.com%2Fv%2Fdarkicons%2Flayout.xml&showFlipBtn=true

3. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/89-647-x/89-647-x2011001-eng.pdf

4. http://www.cbc.ca/news/pdf/CBCFinalReport.pdf

5. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-008-x/2008001/article/10553-eng.html

6. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/89-647-x/89-647-x2011001-eng.pdf

7. http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/benefits-of-sleep/learning-memory

8. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16964783

9. http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/consequences/sleep-and-disease-risk

10. http://www.health.com/health/condition-article/0,,20188501,00.html

11. http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/ask-the-expert/pain-and-sleep

12. http://issuu.com/iasp/docs/n4-sleeppain?mode=embed&layout=http%3A%2F%2Fskin.issuu.com%2Fv%2Fdarkicons%2Flayout.xml&showFlipBtn=true

13. http://www.drphil.com/assets/c/c0f3ab7356c5913f1a91dc7c7c347ecc.pdf