Melatonin is a sleep-promoting hormone produced by your brain in response to darkness. Gloomier days and earlier sunsets in winter can trigger melatonin release throughout the day, leaving you feelinggroggy in the morningand fatigued by mid-afternoon.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, full-time workers put in an average of 8.5 hours a day during the week. Working adults in the State of America’s Sleep study report sleeping just 6.84 hours on average a night. That means all of us wage earners spend about 100 more minutes on the clock than in bed every day, and we’re getting far less than the7-8 hours of sleepthat experts recommend.