Overworked Americans Avoiding Sex

One in five Americans has lost interest in sex — and not because they have a headache, a study showed.

The culprit for the loss of libido is lack of sleep due to excessively long work hours and too much overtime, according to a study by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) which was released yesterday.

“Longer work days and more access to the workplace through the Internet and other technology appear to be causing Americans to get less sleep,” said Darrel Drobnich, head of the NSF, in a statement.

“Nearly 50 million Americans chronically suffer from sleep problems and disorders that affect their careers, their personal relationships and safety on the roads,” Drobnich said.

The study showed that more than one-third of Americans — 36 per cent — have fallen asleep at the wheel, and nearly two-thirds report having sleep problems, such as waking at night or difficulty falling asleep.

Americans sleep on average six hour and 40 minutes a night, or less than the seven hours, 18 minutes they said they needed, the study showed.

“Studies show that habitually getting inadequate sleep, less than seven or eight hours each night, create long-lasting change to one’s ability to think and function well during the day,” said Thomas Balkin, the deputy head of the NSF.

One reason many Americans aren’t getting enough sleep is because the amount of time they spend at work or commuting is so great.