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?