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October 17, 2013

WSU professor, sleep researcher explains health risks of long-term sleep deprivation


Getting enough sleep often gets overlooked in the rush to squeeze more hours into the day. Ignoring that need, however, can lead to serious health consequences: Sleep deprivation jeopardizes your safety, ability to concentrate, mental stability and long-term well-being. Chronic sleep deprivation consistently not receiving enough sleep amplifies these problems and increases health risks because your body cannot replenish itself. "You're building up a sleep debt. Every single night you're adding to that debt, and unless you pay down that debt on a regular basis, you will see an effect on your ability to think and to perform," said Christopher Drake, a sleep researcher at the Henry Ford Sleep Disorders Center and an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at the Wayne State University School of Medicine.


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