Statistics vary but it is pretty clear that most adults aren’t getting as much sleep as they need. Successive nights without good sleep have a dramatic impact on our daytime performance. In this somewhat unnerving animated TED Talk, Claudia Aguirre shares some of the consequences of ‘burning the candle at both ends’.
US adolescents are especially sleep deprived
Memory, mood and reaction time deteriorate through lack of sleep
Some people have died as a result of staying awake
“I can’t get enough sleep” is not a problem; it is a potential cause (or perhaps the result) of a problem. To clarify your thinking, try to identify the bad outcome ﬁrst; e.g., “I am performing poorly in my job.”