Scientific evidence suggests that too little or erratic sleep can be detrimental to a person's overall health. Lack of proper sleep increases the risk for a variety of illnesses, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
"We're shifting to a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week society, and as a result we're increasingly not sleeping like we used to," said a researcher. "We're really only now starting to understand how that is affecting health, ......"
"We have in our society this idea that you can just get by without sleep or manipulate when you sleep without any consequences," said the president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. "What we're finding is that's just not true."