Not surprisingly, my insomnia has had a serious impact on my health. On the days when I don’t sleep, I feel lethargic, checked out, and depressed. Everything feels harder than it should, from little things like waiting in line at the grocery store to bigger tasks like finishing an article under a tight deadline. And I know the fallout isn’t necessarily limited to how I feel day to day: Getting insufficient sleep has been linked to hypertension, diabetes, depression, cancer, and even increased mortality, according to the CDC
. Being confronted by these statistics on a daily basis for my job has only left me more stressed out and anxious about not sleeping.