Most Americans just don't get enough sleep, except for those more rapidly approaching The Big Sleep. And that general lack of good rest could be the cause of such work-related problems as lack of productivity and an inability to get along with others.

A Gallup survey indicates that just over four in 10 U.S. adults don't get at least seven hours of sleep a night, the recommended minimal number. By age category, those 65 and over report the best record of rest: 66 percent sleep for between seven and 10-plus hours a night.

But let's face it, that's not the heart of anyone's workforce. So let's take a look at the percentage of the other age brackets who said they stayed tucked in at night for at least seven hours:

  • 18-29: 59 percent

  • 30-44: 55 percent

  • 45-64: 57 percent

Gallup has developed what it calls its well-being index, an attempt to gauge people's sense of well-being based on a series of factors, including diet, exercise, and rest.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.