We have an abundance of activity in our modern culture: places to go, jobs to do, texts to return and appointments to keep. Not to mention, kids to raise and household chores!
One thing many of us do NOT have an abundance of is sleep. And while it may feel like a lack of sleep equates to simply needing a little extra caffeine in the morning, it’s proving to be costly -- both physically and economically.
At an individual level, the financial cost of sleep deprivation is felt by:
The overall economic impact -- which translates to $411 BILLION lost each year -- is underscored by how getting too little sleep effects individual health. Sleep deprivation has been associated with costly chronic illnesses like type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and depression. It’s also tied to:
In fact, the evidence is so strong that a lack of sleep is tied to poorer health outcomes that the CDC declared it a “public health problem” in 2014.
The average U.S. adult gets less than what is recommended as healthy sleep: a full 8 hours minimum. In fact, the average is 6.5 hours! That lack of sleep (or poor quality) increases the risk of developing serious health issues.
So, what are some of the protective benefits of sleep that help mitigate these issues? Studies show there are many:
Are you among the majority of people who aren't getting enough sleep? Or maybe you're someone who gets enough hours...but wake up tired, feeling groggy and sluggish the next day?
Here are some tips and tricks to help you improve your sleep quality -- something equally important to how many hours we sleep: