It turns out we might be a nation of insomniacs.
At least according to a number of recent studies. One from the National Sleep Foundation found that more than 60 percent of Americans complain of sleep problems every night — whether it's getting too little sleep, trouble falling asleep or waking up too early and feeling un-rested for most of the day.
The problem goes well beyond people feeling a bit bleary-eyed. Lack of sleep is associated with a host of serious health problems including depression, cancer, heart disease, and even obesity.
Because Boston is a center of student life, of busy academics and ambitious professionals, not to mention hard working and over-extended mothers and fathers, we thought it would be worth spending a little time talking about sleep.
- Sandra Horowitz, founding president of the Massachusetts Sleep Society
- Michele George, wellness coordinator at Boston University
This segment aired on February 23, 2012.