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The Dangers Of Not Getting Enough Sleep


Some useful information from the Mayo Clinic about the risks of getting too little sleep, and what to do about it.

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We?re busy. There is a lot to accomplish in 24 hours. Often we forgo sleep to get it all (or most of it) done. But we shouldn?t.

The Mayo Clinic notes that not getting enough sleep has implications for your health, including:

  • Keeping you from performing complex mental tasks well
  • Causing irritability
  • Increasing the likelihood of weight gain and high blood pressure
  • Weakening your immune system
  • Decreasing your quality of life

To reduce the risk of these impacts, Mayo Clinic recommends:

  • Sleep until you wake up naturally for several days in a row
  • Take short strategic naps
  • Get extra sleep when you can

If getting extra sleep isn?t an option (at this time), they say you can opt for increasing your physical activity, drinking caffeine and getting exposure to bright light.

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