A public health epidemic is sweeping the nation and it’s not the Black Plague or Ebola. It’s sleep deprivation. Many people skimp on sleep to make more time for work and play while not realizing the hazardous effects this has on the body. According to the CDC, people who suffer from sleep deprivation are more likely to suffer from chronic illnesses such as obesity, depression and even cancer. According to research done by The Sleep Matters Club, 22% of people sleep poorly most nights, 47% of people say stress or worry keeps them awake at night and 49% of people have never taken steps to help them sleep. Fortunately, the fine people of The Sleep Matters Club came up with a few good ways to improve your quality of sleep. Most of us, if not all of us, are guilty of a few of the items listed in this infographic. For some, it's impossible to fall asleep without the sound of the TV in the background, and for others we can't resist slamming the snooze buttons 20 times in the morning. It seems moderation is key when trying to change your sleeping habits. So instead of tackling all of the mistakes at once, making one change per week and keeping adding on. Start with the mistake that seems easiest for you to combat and work you’re way to the hardest and hopefully you’ll be dozing off soundly in no time.