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Chronic Sleep Deprivation

In 2010, a Centers for Disease Control study showed 30 percent of workers sleep less than six hours per day. Ideally, adults need about seven to nine hours of sleep every night and failing to get this amount can have serious health and lifestyle consequences.

  • Poor performance at work. Your performance in work and school may suffer because of how sleepy you feel during the day.
  • Poor concentration. Your ability to concentrate, remember and process information is hindered because your mind is not able to rest and repair itself during sleep.
  • Increased risk of diabetes. Sleep helps your body regulate your blood sugar. Without sleep, your blood sugar levels may vary and affect your ability to regulate blood sugar during the day, leading to diabetes.
  • Increased blood pressure. Lack of sleep also affects your heart. When you are sleep deprived, your blood pressure may rise and increase your risk for heart disease.
  • Increased risk of obesity. When you do not get enough sleep, your appetite increases, causing you to choose unhealthy foods or eat too much. This increased food intake may result in weight gain.
  • Increased risk of accidents. Because you ca not concentrate, you are at an increased risk of accidents both at work and when driving.
  • Increased risk of death. All these factors add up to an overall increased risk of death compared to someone who receives enough restful sleep every night.

Indiana University Health Sleep Disorders physicians are dedicated to keeping you well by ensuring you get good sleep every night. We are experts in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders that may affect your health. Our physicians understand how sleep deprivation interrupts your life, negatively affecting your emotional, mental and physical health. We strive to help you back to better health by developing personalized strategies for sleep that fit your lifestyle.

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How We Can Help

Chronic Sleep Deprivation Treatment Information

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Chronic Sleep Deprivation Support Services

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