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HealthSmart: The Importance of Sleep

Written by Keira McGuire, witf Producer and Host | Sep 9, 2015 2:13 PM

We should spend about a third of our lives sleeping.  That's if we get eight hours of sleep every night.  The reality is, most Americans do not get the recommended amount of sleep.  In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, over 40 million adults are sleeping six or fewer hours a day.

Distractions, responsibilities and stress are a few possible reasons for not getting enough rest.  No matter what the reason, sleep deprivation can impact your health.  Those who are sleep deprived are at risk for heart disease, heart attack, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes.

On HealthSmart: The Importance of Sleep we'll talk about the importance of sleep and why many of us have trouble getting enough.  Plus we'll provide tips for getting a good night's rest.

Don't miss HealthSmart: The Importance of Sleep Thursday, September 10th at 8pm on WITF.

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