Chronic sleep deprivation suppresses your immune system

Science Translation

The amount of sleep each person needs varies between individuals but the average adult needs between 7-8 hours a night, the average teen needs 9-10 hours a night, and the average child needs at least 10 hours of sleep a day. However, nearly 30% of adults get less than 6 hours of sleep per day and only 31% of high school students get more than 8 hours of sleep a day. This chronic sleep deprivation can lead to difficulties with concentration, memory, performance at school or work, and driving. In 2009, 37.9% of people in the US reported falling asleep at least once during the day and 4.7% reported nodding off or falling asleep behind the wheel. In addition to the obvious physical harm that comes from driving while tired, chronic sleep deprivation can also lead to depression, type-2 diabetes, obesity, increased blood pressure, and even seizures. There is someā€¦

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