GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - The dangers of sleep deprivation lit up the social media after reports of the possible effects of a lack of shuteye. There have been reports in newspapers and television about damage to parts of the body linked to the phenomenon.
A report by Jane Brody of the New York Times on Monday pointed out the dangers of assuming that one can "get by" on just five or six hours of sleep. She quoted numerous experts from research institutions around the country warning of risk factors for all ages.
Getting by on less sleep has been linked to increased risk for heart disease, stroke, depression and some cancers.
"The Today Show's" Dr. Nancy Snyderman offered her own assessment, on Tuesday, of sleep deprivation and how it can affect everything "from the brain to the bladder to the bones." An NBC report by Tamron Hall noted that a full third of Americans are not getting enough sleep.
The studies and reports have served to confirm what many already knew: that cutting back on sleep can mean cutting back on health.
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