10 Ways Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Health

Here's your wake-up call

70 million Americans are sleep deprived. But sleep isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity.

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Being sleep-deprived shouldn’t be a badge of honor. The truth is those hours of lost sleep add up to a bigger health deficit than you may realize, says Nancy Foldvary-Schaefer, DO, MS, Director of Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center.

“We need sleep so we can restore nutrients, replenish the spirit and refresh the mind,” Dr. Foldvary-Schaefer stresses. “Hidden health hazards accumulate during periods of sleeplessness, and they can’t be covered up with concealer or reversed with caffeine.”

Here she points out 10 ways sleep deprivation is harmful to your health.

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