Finding time to get enough sleep can be a challenge during busy times on the farm like harvesting or planting. This can cause chronic health conditions like diabetes and depression and impact judgment and reaction times needed to reduce accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"When you are sleep deprived, a lot of bad things can happen to the body," said Robin Iszler, unit director of Central Valley Health District in Jamestown. "... Your body rejuvenates when you are sleeping."
Sleep deprivation is a relatively common problem for Americans, according to the CDC. Roughly one-third of adult Americans aren't getting enough sleep on a regular basis.
Add the stress of weather, equipment breakdowns and all the other things that can go wrong during a harvest or planting season and the problems can multiply, Iszler said.
"Sleep is not something you can bank or catch up on later," she said. "You need a certain amount of sleep every day."
The CDC recommends adults between the ages of 18 and 60 need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each day. People over the age of 60 are recommended to get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep each day.
Teenagers are recommended to get between 8 and 10 hours of sleep each day.
Iszler said it is important to create an environment that helps a person fall asleep and stay asleep.
"Get away from the electronics," she said, referring to cellphones and other devices. "Have a quiet, dark place and go to bed at about the same time."
Large meals, alcohol or caffeine before bedtime can also disrupt sleep, according to the CDC.
Energy drinks also pose their own health risks, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The FDA says adults should limit themselves to about 400 milligrams of caffeine, roughly four or five cups of coffee, per day.
Energy drinks can contain as much as 250 milligrams per 8 ounces, the FDA said.
There really is not a substitute for sleep, even during the busy times of the year, Iszler said.
"We all need good sleep," she said. "It varies from person to person a little but we all need to get enough sleep."
The CDC also recommends people with symptoms of sleep disorders such as snoring or gasping for air seek assistance from a medical professional.