Most Americans do not sleep enough and are chronically sleep-deprived. We connect our increasing awake hours to being productive and "not being lazy". Sleep to many is almost considered a luxury. There are many hardcore expressions people say like "we can sleep when we die". The reality is that sleep is one of the key ingredients of being healthy. Lack of sleep or poor quality sleep is connected to numerous chronic diseases including dementia.
Life has become so fast-paced and cluttered with information, obligations, and distractions that it is no wonder we are sleep deprived. Most people are connected to a smartphone at all waking hours and that connects them to a stream of constant information and interruptions that they may not even welcome or feel that they have chosen.