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The Expense of Sleep Deprivation

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Our bodies recover faster and perform better with adequate sleep. We look better, feel better and make better decisions when we are well rested. But, sometime's that's easier said than done; especially during stressful times. What science tells us about sleep deprivation, plus things you can do to get more quality shut-eye.   But, the damage from sleep deprivation is cumulative. Over a prolonged period of inadequate sleep, these conditions can become irreversible.


Infographic detailing the effects of sleep deprivation including high blood pressure, stress, depression, memory and performance issues, weight gain, and skin damage.

The nation’s sleep deficit — both the quantity and quality of sleep — is a serious, unmet health need. Inadequate sleep is a risk factor for obesity and chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, in addition to causing fatigue and lack of focus. Persistent sleep issues also are linked to long-term mood disorders, including depression, anxiety and mental distress. Lack of sleep affects the immune system, inflammation, cholesterol, metabolism and the hormones that regulate appetite.  


What Can You Do To Sleep Better?

Check out these great articles with tips to help you get a bit more quality shut-eye.  

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  4. 6 Self-Care Methods to Boost Mental and Physical Health

  5. 5 Foods to Avoid Before Sleep (and 5 to Try Instead)

  6. Sleep too hot or too cold? Everything about temperature and sleep


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