Americans say they have trouble sleeping. Sleep problems
are in fact, the second most reported medical complaint, the
first being pain. Sleep deprivation is even being called
the "silent epidemic". Restful sleep is as
important as exercise and a healthy diet, but few people are
receiving the quality sleep they need.
The global economy and technological advances
pressure us to work, travel and parent 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week. The fast pace of modern society is leaving more
people awake when they shouldn't be. Work demands often
supercede sleep as a priority. We have become stressed
and exhausted while working non-traditional hours that challenge
natural human sleep patterns.
Accumulated sleep loss over time becomes a
sleep debt that can have serious consequences for the
individual, the family, the employer, and society.