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  • Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions—such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression—which threaten our nation’s health. Aside from these insufficient sleep is also responsible for motor vehicle and machinery-related crashes, causing substantial injury and disability each year.

    More than one-quarter of the U.S. population report occasionally not getting enough sleep, while nearly 10% experience chronic insomnia. However, new methods for assessing and treating sleep disorders bring hope to the millions suffering from insufficient sleep. Getting sufficient sleep is not a luxury—it is a necessity—and should be thought of as a “vital sign” of good health.

  • We sleep a third of our lives. It is one of the necessities that we do the most of.

  • Staying awake 17 hrs drops performance by the equivalent of a blood alcohol level of .05%.

  • Sleep debt is linked to Diabetes and Obesity.

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea is three times more common in people who have Diabetes.

  • NRMA estimates EDS (excessive daytime sleepiness) is involved in 1 in 6 FATAL road accidents.

  • REM (rapid eye movement) is our most important stage of sleep, it is our dreaming stage, we only remember our dreams if we wake up right after dreaming.

  • Our bodies should get about 25% of REM, we are paralyzed from the neck down in this stage of sleep and lose all muscle tone, so when people act out their dreams it is a sleep disorder called REM Behavior Disorder.

  • Lab rats denied the chance to rest die within two to three weeks.