American adults just don't get enough sleep. On average, we should be snoozing at least seven hours every night. But, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 40 percent of us don't come close. There are lots of reasons we're not resting as much as our bodies need. Finding out the cause, and making changes, could be the key to getting more and better rest.
Noise, for example, kills a deep slumber. Whether it's a running refrigerator, drippy faucet or (ironically) a clock that ticks too loudly, or a barking dog, loud neighbors or traffic outside the house, noise keeps us from reaching a truly deep sleep.