Lack of sleep is a common problem for many Americans. One of the first signs of sleep deprivation is irritability. On average adults need approximately 8 hours of sleep per night. Sleep problems may stem from physiological issues, health problems, or mental health disorders. Additionally, stress can cause trouble with sleep. An individual’s environment (e.g., too brightly lit room) and behavior (e.g., engaging in mentally intense activities close to bedtime) can contribute to sleep difficulties. Furthermore, decision making is impacted by inadequate sleep. Consequences of lost sleep can include brain fog, irritability, and even car accidents. Importantly, techniques such as keeping a regular sleep schedule, getting regular exercise, and minimizing noise and light can help promote a good night’s rest.
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Author: Melissa Genn, MS, LBS
APA. (n.d.). Why sleep is important. Retrieved from https://www.apa.org/topics/sleep/why