According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease, cancer and strokes continue to be the top diseases responsible for death in the U.S.
The hidden factor behind many of these diseases-- is poor sleep health.
"Sleep deprivation actually leads to higher rates of obesity. Obesity leads to sleep apnea or breath holding at night, but breath holding at night in a vicious sort of circle generally tends to have people eat more during the day" says Dr. Saari of Marquette General Hospital.
In addition to obesity, this vicious cycle can lead to depression, plus host of chronic diseases including diabetes and hypertension.
Even worse, there's an increased rate of early mortality.
We may not realize there's a problem right away.
Dr. Saari adds, "If you have to use an alarm to get up every morning to go to work, you're probably restricting your sleep."
According to the CDC, one third of Americans suffer from sleep deprivation.
Other research from the National Sleep Apnea Association finds that 18 Million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a disorder in which a person stops breathing for a period of time during sleep.??
"Usually people that are feeling really tired during the day or people that can't sleep will come in to have a sleep study and see if they can't figure out a reason why" says sleep lab manager, Jason Hausmann.
If you have trouble sleeping or think you're at risk of having sleep apnea, visit the websites below for more answers on how you can get help.