Sleep. You can’t live without it.

The consequences of sleep loss and sleep disorders can be severe. Some of the most devastating human and environmental health disasters have been linked to sleep loss.

An estimated 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. Sleep can affect almost everything you do each day.

Common symptoms include:

  • Daytime tiredness
  • Lack of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Poor memory
  • Irritability
  • Low libido (low sex drive)

Almost 20 percent of all serious car crash injuries are associated with driver sleepiness, independent of alcohol effects.

Sleep Loss Can Affect Your Health

In the past 10 years, research has shown that sleep loss (less than 7 hours per night) can have wide-ranging effects on the cardiovascular, endocrine, immune, and nervous systems, including:

  • Obesity in adults and children
  • Diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance
  • Cardiovascular disease and hypertension
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Alcohol use

Others Consequences of Sleep Disorders

  • Missed work and school
  • Work related injuries and deaths
  • Car crashes
  • Falls in older people
  • Antisocial behavior• Lower quality of life
  • Poor relationships
SOURCE: Institute of Medicine Report: Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation. 2006: National Academies. Available at http://www.national-academies.org/