Lifewatch: Sleep

WILMINGTON -- Chances are if you ask a co-worker if they got enough sleep last night they'll say no.  But, in reality we may only think we aren't getting enough shut eye.

A new report found that Americans are getting more than enough sleep.

The University of Maryland used Census Bureau data to estimate how much sleep Americans get.

In 2005, on average Americans got 59 hours of sleep a week, which is roughly 8.5 hours a night.

In 2000, sleep time hovered around 8 hours a night.

The report also showed increases in free time, time spent with children, and less time spent on housework.

The most important factor in how much sleep a person got was whether they were employed - with night shift workers reporting less than 6 hours of sleep.

Another factor was how much education you have received.

"One of the more surprising findings we had is there is all of a sudden a very large difference by education level. College graduates getting about 10 hours less sleep than the people with less education," said John Robinson, a Sociologist at the University of Maryland.

Another study released by the National Sleep Foundation found Americans only get 6 hours of sleep a night.

That study let people estimate how much they slept, while the Census Bureau used a minute-by-minute account of how Americans slept.

For more information about the study conducted in Maryland, click here.

Reported by Kristy Ondo