EL PASO (KDBC) — Americans simply don't get enough sleep. Missing out on sleep can take a toll on your productivity and your health. The Centers for Disease Control is calling it a "Public Health Epidemic."
"I think for the most part I can't sleep myself, as easily as I used to with all the stress and with everything that goes with getting a second major," said UTEP student Ysela Rodriguez.
Many UTEP students feel the same way, especially the week of final exams.
"For me, I think it's better to get a lack of sleep but do better on the final," said UTEP student Kimberly Spear.
But the Centers for Disease Control said people who choose to forego sleep are likely to be depressed, overweight, less productive and many simply don't look as good.
The Better Sleep Council finds nearly half the people in America don't get enough sleep, but fewer than half of them take action to catch some Z's.
Eighty percent of people said they get stressed or have trouble concentrating when they're sleepy.
"In class if you're really, really sleepy, sometimes you can't really focus," said UTEP student Carlos Cobos. "In the small scale, we don't really notice it, until it actually becomes a problem."
Well it can become a big problem. A lack of sleep can contribute to memory problems, heart problems, or diabetes.
So how much sleep do we need? For kids, it's ten to 11 hours a night, teenagers should aim for eight-and-a-half hours or more and adults need seven to nine hours a night.