Between 50 and 70 million adults in the U.S. alone have some type of sleep or wakefulness disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With a multitude of adverse health effects, insufficient shut-eye is an important public health concern.
Sleep deprivation affects your overall health more severely than simply feeling grumpy in the mornings; you gain weight; your learning and problem-solving abilities suffer; you have trouble forming memories; and you’re at risk of developing depression, paranoia, and even suicidal thoughts.
Lack of sleep can become a disorder if you have problems concentrating and you are falling asleep at work which can lead to causing accidents on the job.
Your body doesn’t have to be in a chronic state of producing less melatonin, the hormone and antioxidant secreted by the pineal gland in the brain that helps regulate the body's circadian rhythm. Don’t set yourself up for a bad night of sleep.
Sleepless nights are no fun, but the next day is even worse. If you’ve had issues getting to sleep or staying asleep, the root of the problem may lie in your habits—are you damaging your sleep quality?