Millions of us struggle with chronic tiredness and other health problems caused by stress and sleep disorders and cannot enjoy the quality of life that others take for granted.
People simply don't perform at their best when they're short on sleep and our always-on culture doesn't do us any favours, sometimes leaving us, well ..short changed!
According to published medical research in this field, people who suffer from recurring sleeplessness are much more likely to be affected by depression, anxiety and other types of mental disorders. Other studies have also linked chronic lack of sleep to other serious and physically debilitating illnesses. The negative and corrosive longer-term impacts of such conditions on health and wellbeing in the wider population are not always widely reported or understood, but they certainly should not be underestimated.
More generally, lack of sleep also has a significant impact on cognitive abilities, making it difficult to concentrate, exercise good judgment and perform normally routine tasks, which in turn leads to poor performance, accidents and other negative consequences .
Even for those of us who occasionally experience brief periods of insomnia, feeling tired and cranky after a bad nights sleep is an unwelcome and unproductive start to the day.