We are often instructed on the importance of sleep. We are told it is important for our overall health, for our feeling of well-being, for our productivity and our longevity. It impacts most of the processes going on in our body: from the immune system (1) to heart health (2).
The world isn’t getting enough sleep. In the United States alone, around 50-70 million people are suffering from sleep disorders, be it insomnia, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy and breathing-related sleep disorders. Furthermore, a study published in the journal Sleep found that nearly one-third of Americans sleep fewer than six hours per night (1).