by Deane Alban
Under ideal circumstances, you should spend roughly a third of your life sleeping soundly. But few of us actually get the quantity and quality of sleep we need. The problem of sleep deprivation is so bad that in the United States it’s considered a national epidemic. Forty million Americans have a recognized sleep disorder and an additional 20 million experience occasional problems sleeping.
Poor sleep does more than make you feel lousy the following day. Sleep is directly linked to health. According to the National Sleep Foundation, “Those who report poor quality sleep also report poor quality health.”