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Why is it important to get eight hours of sleep?

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Research has shown that getting an inadequate amount of sleep or poor quality sleep on a consistent basis may increase the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke. There is even evidence suggesting that weight gain is associated with getting inadequate sleep, possibly by disrupting hormones that regulate appetite. In addition, a lack of sleep can result in irritability, poor concentration, depression and lost productivity. Because of this and decreased reaction times, sleepless nights can also contribute to motor vehicle accidents and poor workplace performance.

Most adults need between 7–9 hours each night. Rest up!

For questions regarding sleep disorders please contact East Jefferson General Hospital’s Sleep Center, 504-849-8700.

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