Millions of people suffer from chronic tiredness and other health problems caused by insomnia and other sleep disorders. Those of us who struggle with such conditions simply cannot enjoy the quality of life that many 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. It's time we questioned the myth that sleeping less and "doing more" is likely to make you more successful in life because when you look at the hard facts, the reality is very different for most people. The truth is that good sleep (and switching off in general) are not only vitally important, but make you far more productive than any amount of coffee ever could!
According to published medical research in this field, people who suffer from chronic lack of sleep are much more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and other types of mental disorders. Some researchers have also linked chronic lack of sleep to other serious and in some cases physically debilitating illnesses. The negative and corrosive longer-term impacts of such conditions on health and wellbeing in the wider population may not always be widely reported, but they should not be underestimated.
More generally, lack of sleep also has a significant and detrimental impact on people's cognitive abilities, making it more difficult for us to concentrate, exercise good judgment and perform normally routine tasks, which in turn can lead to poor performance, accidents and other issues.
Even for those of us who rarely suffer from periods of insomnia or disturbed sleep, feeling "tired and emotional" or just plain "tired-out" after a bad nights sleep is an unwelcome (and often counter-productive) start to the day.