Why is sleep so important?

February 4, 2015 4:33 AM

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Insufficient sleep and the associated health care costs and lost productivity costs an annual $66 billion, according to sleep.org. Drowsy drivers cause over 100,000 traffic accidents and 1,500 deaths a year. Sleep deprivation can also increase your risk for stroke and diabetes, damage your bones and lead to obesity.

“But if you’re under-sleeping by, say, an hour every night, Monday through Friday, you’ll end up with a whopping five hours of sleep debt by the time Saturday rolls around,” sleep.org states.

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