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Each year Daylight Savings conducts a global experiment during which billions of people get one less hour of sleep. The day after losing just one hour, records show a huge increase in the quantity of heart attacks and traffic accidents that occur. Later in the year when humans gain an hour of sleep, those numbers spike way below average (Walker 169). As it happens, a neglect of sufficient shut-eye is responsible for a plethora of other negative health effects, a fact most members of the public aren’t educated about. This is a huge problem, as one of the United Nations’ 17 goals for Sustainable Development is to promote public health in all areas of the world. Within this overarching goal are smaller subgoals, two significant ones being: (A.) To cut in half the number of fatalities resulting from automobile accidents, and (B.) To reduce early death from non-communicable disease as well as inspire better mental health and well being. In order to solve the mini-goals listed above (and thus progress the world closer to having sustainable health), the global epidemic of sleep deprivation must be addressed in first world countries (this problem will be in the lens of developed countries, as sleep deprivation in rural countries is likely a result of other problems like hunger, war, and poverty).Sleep deficit is an overarching problem, with not one technologically developed country in the world regularly getting the recommended amount for adults. Unfortunately, the consequences of this shortage are a lot more dangerous than a mere feeling of fatigue (Horan) A lack of slumber will spur on some of the world’s most costly non-communicable diseases. Take for example a study of over 4,000 Japanese male workers. “Over a fourteen-year period, those sleeping six hours or less were 400 to 500 percent more likely to suffer one or more cardiac arrests than those sleeping more than six hours” (Walker 165). Car accidents, another killer, can be attributed in part to doziness, as driving while drowsy can be as risky and even more lethal than driving drunk (Walker) How about mental health? Again, scientists have shown that sleep increases happiness while decreasing depression and anxiety. Of equal importance, sleep deprivation also erodes DNA, increases stress levels, chance of obesity and diabetes, decreases the effectiveness of the reproductive system, and weakens the immune system. The data is quite obvious – life shattering incidents such as car crashes, cardiac arrest, cancer, and suicide among many others, can greatly be reduced if individuals decide to get more rest. The problem is that both scientific professionals and laymen alike are extremely uninformed regarding the risks of sleep deficit (Walker 107). The main thing that is being promoted globally is that the key to good health is a good diet, routine exercise, and robust mental habits. While all of this is true, some professionals say that healthy exercise, diet, and emotional practices are ineffective if an individual does not get adequate rest (Walker 164). If we can educate the masses about the importance of sleep alongside these other health pillars that have been beaten into society, I believe global health can start to improve.Now the big question –  After recognizing the importance its importance, how can we encourage the masses to make sure that sufficient sleep is on their radar? In this regard I believe that education is the key. We need to use the teaching resources that the first world has so abundantly such as TV, books, articles, studies, podcasts, public speakers, you name it. We need to capitalize on resources that will allow society to be aware of Mother Nature’s answer to their physical and mental health issues, an answer that is as simple as laying a head on a pillow. How many people would sleep subliminally knowing that they are chopping away at their lifespan one year at a time? My hope for the future is that everyone is educated about , especially leaders. School administrators would voluntarily move school start times back, knowing that student performance would skyrocket (Sohn). Corporate leaders would smile while permitting later business hours, ecstatic that their simple decision would increase workplace productivity and save money (Hafner). Lastly but most importantly, people of all situations would volunteer to accept the rich benefits of shut-eye, rather than rolling with the current social paradigm that “sleep is for the weak”. However, the only way we can get to this point is through relentless education. If we want to live in a sustainable future, we need to address the UN sustainability goals and subgoals. In order to accomplish these goals we need to take advantage of chances we have to drastically set us closer to achieving these mini-goals. When there is a huge issue like global health in the first world that can be massively improved by simply making the choice to turn out the light an hour earlier, we need to pounce on that solution. We need to make sure that the public is aware of the solution and can implement it. I chose this topic because I can’t stand having problems dangle in front our eyes like low hanging apples that society won’t cut off. We need to cut the low hanging fruit quickly in order to reach the higher fruit, and eventually live in a world functioning at its highest potential. Sleep is a such a simple, cheap, and sustainable solution that is easy to execute (you just lay your head on a pillow) and easy to educate about, that it makes no sense why the public is so uninformed about its advantages. If we truly care about progressing the world, we will take the appropriate steps to end sleep deprivation in the first world.