Sleep Deprivation Nation
Our 24/7 world, with the ever-longer work hours and constant "plugged in" overstimulation, means people are getting less sleep than ever: the average adult sleeps less than seven hours a night, while research shows at least seven-eight are needed.
Chronic sleep loss/disorders affect as many as 70 million Americans, and 30 million of us are now turning to sleep prescription aids. More than one-third of adults report daytime sleepiness so intense that it interferes with work, driving, etc., at least a few days each month.
ZZZs = Good Health
The cost of not getting enough shut-eye isn't just eternal grouchiness and loss of productivity — study after study shows it increases the risk of serious chronic diseases and can shorten our lifespans.
The medical research concurs that poor sleep is linked to: heart disease, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, increased inflammation, colds and even cancer, etc. And researchers are discovering how sleep is vital for learning and memory.