Americans get enough sleep after all; new study contradicts others

March 12, 2008 2:45:03 PM PDT
Despite recent reports, a new study finds Americans may be getting enough sleep after all.

Americans may not be as sleep deprived as we've been led to believe. In fact, it appears we're getting more Zs these days than a few years ago. This is according to an independent analysis of government statistics by University of Maryland researchers.

Just last week, another study by the National Sleep Foundation showed adults in the US are sleep deprived.

Experts say the difference in the studies were the methodologies used. The sleep foundation survey asks Americans to estimate how much sleep they typically get. This latest study draws upon detailed "time-use" data collected by the US Census Bureau in which individuals must account for every minute of the previous day.