What is Sleep Deprivation Doing to Your Health? - Atlanta ENT Institute | Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists in Georiga
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What is Sleep Deprivation Doing to Your Health?

The loss of sleep is a common problem in modern society, affecting many people at some point in their life. One of sleep’s main functions is to rid our brains of toxins accumulated during the day. The lack of sleep can cause these toxins which include proteins and plaques that collect in the brain and contribute to disorders like Alzheimer’s. For adults, at least 7 hours of sleep plays a crucial role in our ability to process and regulate emotions, recall positive memories and self-soothe during periods of high stress.

Sleep deprivation can cause:

  1. Weight gain
  2. Diabetes
  3. Cognitive impairment
  4. Poor heart health
  5. Lowered immunity
  6. Increased inflammation
  7. Worsened appearance
  8. Lowered libido
  9. Disrupted mood

The price of sleep deprivation is not only affecting your personal life but the lack of sleep is costing you and your employers as well. Sleep deprivation is costing our country an estimated $411 billion a year. The National Safety Council says that fatigued workers cost employers about $1200 to $3100 per employee in declining job performance each year, leaving 9.5% of all motor vehicle crashes caused by drowsy driving. Sleepy workers are estimated to cost employers 136 billion a year in health-related lost productivity. Sleep is important, sleep is not optional it is a necessity and we want to help you get the 8 hours you deserve for your health and for you careers! Please call and make an appointment at the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute TODAY, we can help you sleep!

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