People are really tired, what’s going on here?

The most frequent query for the phrase “Why am I…” is so tired, followed by always tired. What’s going on here, were people always this tired?

According to a recent survey by the National Sleep Foundation, 40 percent of adults are so sleepy during the day it interferes with their daily activities; 62 percent reported feeling drowsy while driving; and 27 percent dozed off while driving during the past year.

The trend is clear – “not getting enough sleep” has increased ~600% since 2010. People are less productive and generally unhappier when they don’t get enough sleep. What can we do to reverse this trend?