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CDC Declares Sleep Deprivation a Public Health Epidemic


In March of this year, the CDC posted a statement concerning the general publics sleeping habits. They explained that a variety of hazardous mishaps, such as vehicle crashes, medical or occupational errors, and industrial disasters, and a plethora of health issues, like hypertension, diabetes, depression, cancer, obesity, were all contributed to insufficient sleep. The ages that we more effected by short lengths of sleep are adults ranging from twenty to sixty years of age, and that adults who were not getting at least seven to nine hours of sleep a night would be more likely to have difficulty performing daily tasks.

The post even provided helpful “sleep hygiene” tips. Sleep hygiene was described as positive sleep habits and regular amounts of sleep. Here is what they provided:

Schedule when you go to sleep at night and wake up each morning to the same time every day. This helps your body to better anticipate when it is time to sleep and rise.

Try to avoid eating large meals right before going to sleep.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol when it is close to bedtime.

Stay away from nicotine.

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