Nearly a third of Americans are sleep deprived
In the United States we are a nation of poor sleepers, so National Public Sleeping Day on Wednesday, Feb. 28, is an ideal day for long-distance commuters and others to take a power nap on Metrolink.
Each day tens of thousands of workers and students take Metrolink trains from all over Southern California to jobs in Central Los Angeles, Orange County and elsewhere. With the average 36 miles one way train trip, it’s perfect for catching up on sleep, which is in short supply for millions of Americans.
Nearly a third of Americans don’t get enough sleep, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It reports that more than 40 million American adults, 30 percent, are sleeping six or fewer hours a day.
It’s a serious matter. Sleep deprivation is dangerous because workers who don’t get enough sleep are at an increased risk of injuries. The CDC estimates that 20 percent of all car crashes are caused by drowsy driving.
Studies also have linked lack of sleep to depression, a weaker immune system and memory issues, according to WebMD. Harvard medical researchers have linked sleep deprivation with obesity, high blood pressure and daytime fatigue.
“So instead of dealing with traffic stress while trying to stay awake, catch some zzzzzzs on Metrolink,” says Metrolink CEO Art Leahy. As an added incentive, Leahy noted that on weekdays each Metrolink train has a specially designated “Quiet Car” intended to be a tranquil environment for those who wish to rest without distractions. Loud talking or chatting on cell phones and other noise is taboo in the quiet cars.
For National Public Sleeping Day information, go to https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-public-sleeping-day-february-28/.
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Metrolink is Southern California's regional commuter rail service in its 25th year of operation. Metrolink is governed by The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), a joint powers authority made up of an 11-member board representing the transportation commissions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Metrolink operates seven routes through a six-county, 538 route-mile network. Metrolink’s passengers travel approximately 441 million miles each year, making Metrolink the second busiest public transportation provider in Southern California. Metrolink is the third largest commuter rail agency in the United States based on directional route miles and the eighth largest based on annual ridership.