According to a survey conducted by the Better Sleep Council (BSC), over 51 percent of Americans state that stress disturbs their sleep regularly. Lack of sleep can become a vicious cycle: If you become sleep deprived, your appetite increases, leading to the intake of extra calories- an average of over 1200 calories per day- (ouch!). If you are stressed in addition to experiencing a lack of sleep, you are at risk of overeating in reaction to the stress as a coping mechanism. If the lack of sleep/chronic stress cycle continues, you can gain weight rapidly, as well as be at risk for obesity. What can you do if you find yourself lying awake at night? Rather than doing nothing and staring at the clock, get out of bed and go to a different room to read, watch television, or prepare for your daily activities until you feel drowsy. If you stay in bed and obsess about issues, it can result in even more stress.