Do you find yourself suffering from a lack of sleep, also known as sleep deprivation? Do you feel sluggish, depressed, or ever a little bloated? Do you feel it affecting your mood, your health, and even your relationships with friends and loved ones?
You are not the only one suffering from this major problem. Millions of people suffer with insufficient sleep every day. It is chronic and in some ways an accepted negative physical condition to live in. People take sleep deprivation lightly, but it has very profound effects on your health, your effectiveness during the day, and your overall well-being.
You are not alone
You may be frustrated with your lack of sleep, but you are not the only one. Sleep deprivation affects many people. A 2005 survey by the National Sleep Foundation that 75% of adults had at least one side effect of a sleep problem, such as waking up at night or snoring, and 54% suffered from at least one side effect from insomnia.
It is estimated that 30-40% of the American population suffer from some form of insomnia, with 10 to 15% suffering chronically. People who directly suffer from sleep problems also affect their spouses/loved ones. It almost like second hand smoke.
Sleeping medication is a $2 billion dollar industry. People suffering from a sleep related problems is growing and is a widespread epidemic. Many people are affected by this same problem, you are not the only one.
Lack of sleep is a serious problem
There is a high price to pay for insufficient amount of sleep.
Lack of sleep is directly linked to poor health
With new research suggesting it increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. In one particular study published in the journal, Sleep, in 2004 found that women who had roughly 5 hours of sleep per night had significantly higher death rate than those who slept 7 hours.
Just a few nights of bad sleep is STILL detrimental
Another study found that people with 3 straight nights of sleeping for only 5 hours or less were more likely to have physical side of effects such as headaches, stomach problems, and sore joints. Having less sleep than 5 hours a day more days in a row could raise hormones linked with overeating and weight gain.
Sleep side effects get worst over time
Studies show that performance on tests of alertness and thinking actually gets worse the longer sleep deprivation lasts. No, we do not get “used to it.”
Driving sleep deprived is like driving drunk
While awareness for drunk driving is widespread, something just as dangerous goes ignored, driving while sleep deprived. And we all do it, studies show that 1 in 5 drivers admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conservatively estimates that about one hundred thousand police-reported crashes are caused by drowsy drivers each year.
Sleep deprivation has already been responsible for major catastrophes such as the space shuttle Challenger explosion and the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island.
Going about your day with a lack of sleep is dangerous to your health and the safety of others. It’s already estimated to cost Americans over $100 billion annually in lost productivity, medical expenses, sick leave, and property and environmental damage. It’s time to take this matter seriously, right now.