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90603427_why-am-I-tired_377x171I’ve been reading a lot of posts lately about sleep … or more specifically, the lack of it for many of us. Some people don’t think “sleep” is a serious problem. I  beg to differ.

The Institute for Health and Productivity Management https://www.ihpm.org/  lists failure to address sleep as a major health and performance issue, although they are hardly alone in pointing this out. According to the National Sleep Foundation, https://sleepfoundation.org/  about 20% of Americans report that they get less than 6 hours of sleep on average, and the number of Americans that report that they get 8 hours of more has decreased.

Major studies and Sleep in America polls https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-polls have linked sleep deficits with poor work performance, driving accidents, relationship problems, and mood problems like anger and depression. Heart disease, diabetes, and other health conditions have also been traced to chronic sleep loss.

Today’s go-go, 24/7 society, with its endless stream of electronic stimulation, plus busy work and why-am-i-tired_533x255_bldjp03182004_26parenting schedules, and bad lifestyle habits like too much caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine are all to blame.

Doctors point out that sleep is just as important to overall health as diet and exercise, and yet many people don’t like to talk to their physicians about sleep issues because they just assume that hardly anyone gets enough sleep, so why bother to mention it?

If a lack of sleep is interfering with your work or personal life, you should bring it up! Insomnia, sleep apnea, and other health conditions could be at the root of the problem. It’s worth investigating because in such instances, medical treatment can help a great deal.

But in other cases, whether they realize it or not, people make more of a voluntary decision to not get enough rest… “I’m too busy with work to sleep that much,” some think.

Doesn’t it make more sense to wake up at least reasonably refreshed and get more done in your day, than to not get enough sleep night after night, and slog through the day with little to show for it? Now I don’t profess to get enough sleep all of the time – do any of us?  Rather, I’m referring to a lack of sleep night after night after night.

All I know for sure is that sleep is something I need to take seriously, or suffer the consequences of being lethargic, cranky, or worse! Why would I want to feel like that day in, and day out? When you think about it, sleep is really a quality of life issue. I, for one, think that makes sleep deprivation a very bad idea.