9 Reasons Why You Need to Make Sleep a Higher Priority (Infographic)

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

But 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.”

In this infographic, Dr. Foldvary-Schaefer points out 9 ways sleep deprivation is harmful to your health that might just make you consider hitting the hay a wee bit (or a lot!) earlier tonight.

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