Most of us know what sleep deprivation feels like, and it is not pleasant. If we do not get enough healthy sleep (some children need 10 hours nightly, while most adults need at least seven), we may be left feeling irritable and disoriented. It can also be dangerous to be sleep deprived.
Sleep is a big deal! The average person spends 25 years of life sleeping, and a good night’s sleep is absolutely essential for good health. Therefore, it’s no surprise sleep quality and health has attracted a lot of attention in recent years. Many of us aren’t getting the sleep we need because of sleep apnea, which is on the rise in the United States. Many cases of sleep apnea go undiagnosed and untreated, and this is a public health hazard.
Obstructive sleep apnea causes a person to repeatedly stop and start breathing during sleep, and it affects an estimated 29.4 million Americans, market research company Frost & Sullivan estimates. That’s about 12 percent of the population! However, counting cases of mild sleep apnea, the American Heart Association actually estimates it may be as common as one in five adults, and many cases are going undiagnosed and untreated.
It's a cruel joke. You're exhausted, you pulled a 14-hour day, you know you should be passing out – and yet, you can't sleep. Again. Chronic insomnia plagues millions of Americans. Addictions to tablets, phones, caffeinated coffee and teas, late-night Game of Thrones binges, work martyrdom, bad news on television, and chronically worrying about your children/love life/paycheck/waist size allcontribute to the problem. In short, everyone seems to be sabotaging their sleep like nobody’s business.