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Problems from lack of sleep can bleed into relationships, work

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I man sits at a table, staring out the window. (Andrew Neel from Pexels)

Kids, stress, work, COVID-19 -- a combination of all of it -- they’re just a few reasons we may not be getting enough sleep, and they’re largely things out of our control. But if you’re regularly sleep-deprived, it’s possible that you’re affected by that lack of sleep every day.

Recommended sleep and lack thereof

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, along with the Sleep Research Society, recommends people ages 18-60 get at least seven hours of sleep each night.

Are you laughing right now? People actually get seven hours of sleep a night? You’re not alone in that frame of mind. More than one-third of Americans aren’t getting enough sleep on a regular basis, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How is it affecting you?

The CDC says getting less than seven hours a night can lead to an increased risk of developing chronic conditions like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and frequent mental distress.

But how does the lack of sleep bleed into our everyday lives?

Missing out on a good night’s sleep can have impacts on a number of everyday functions -- all of which can affect our relationships and work environment -- such as:

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