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Sleep Deprivation: The Dangers of Insufficient Sleep

February 26, 2012

No matter where you turn, you’ll see and hear advertisements for products to help you with your sleep…from mattresses to medications. The fact is, the majority of us are sleep deprived. And that lack of sufficient sleep can have big health consequences. In this post to HealthConnection, the UT Health’s Dr. James Stocks talks about recognizing and treating sleep deprivation.

Questions:

  1. How much sleep does the average person get and is it enough?
  2. Why has sleep deprivation become epidemic?
  3. What health problems can arise from poor sleep?
  4. How are we affected at work by insufficient sleep?
  5. How much sleep do we need need to stay healthy?
  6. Are the effects of sleep deprivation cumulative?
  7. What is the connection between chronic insufficient sleep and weight gain?
  8. What are the most common myths about sleep?
  9. You see prescription sleep medications such as Ambien advertised. Are such drugs the answer?
  10. Some people have trouble getting to sleep. Some have trouble staying asleep. What is going on and what can be done?
  11. Not getting enough sleep is a bad habit. How does one break it?
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