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Sleep debts

Debts, whether related to money or sleep, have big consequences. Most people have had the experience of too little, or poor quality, sleep. The next day we are often more irritable, moody and distractible. We are likely to make poor decisions and take more risks. Our performance at home, school and work suffers – and the people around us also suffer!

Even the 1 hour of sleep we lose when we “turn back the clock” for Daylight Savings Time increases accidents and injuries. Staying awake for 24 hours has the same effect on driving as a blood alcohol level of .10 which is over the legal limit!

What you may not know is that chronic sleep deprivation has a big impact on physical health and chronic diseases. People who often run a “sleep debt”

  • Have more minor aches,  pains and colds
  • Are at greater risk for heart disease, high blood pressure,  diabetes, and clinical depression
  • Are more likely to be overweight

Here is a link to a news story about a new study on sleep and weight loss.
www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20101004/dieting-sleep-101004

Learn more

How to get a better night’s sleep