The Doctors: Health Effects Of Sleep Deprivation

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The Drs: Dangers Of Sleep Deprivation

The Doctors: Health Effects Of Sleep Deprivation

The Doctors looked a the importance of getting enough sleep and what can happen if you don’t. (mariachily / flickr)

The Doctors shared that more than 25% of the population suffers from sleep deprivation and it can be just as deadly as smoking and obesity. It can devastate your body and compromise your immune system, leading to depression and even death. Liz Vaccariello, editor-in-chief of Reader’s Digest magazine, joined the show and shared that the CDC in 2011 declared sleep deprivation a health crisis, which is the same language they used to talk about smoking.

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She said the biggest way we can relate to it is in transportation, because 25% of all car accidents are caused by someone being tired behind the wheel. There’s 1,550 deaths a year based on people being asleep at the wheel, and 40,000 non-fatal accidents.

The Drs: Health Effects Of Lack Of Sleep

There are other problems that can arise from sleep deprivation as well. Liz said it can make you “sick, fat, and stupid.” If you don’t get enough sleep you’re at a higher risk of diabetes, depression, and hypertension, as well as early death. When you don’t get enough sleep, there are changes in your hormones and metabolism that can affect your satiety and the way you metabolize calories, causing you to gain more weight.

There have also been specific studies that show your memory and reaction time, as well as your concentration, judgement and decisionmaking are all affected. The good news is that getting enough sleep will allow you to see and feel the benefits the very next day, whereas other things take time.

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The Drs: Get More Sleep

Johnson and Johnson recently said their company employees aren’t allowed to email after a certain time of day or on the weekends, in order to promote better and more sleep. Create a better sleep environment that is quiet and darkened so that you can get the rest you need.

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