Sleep; something kids often take for granted and adults tend to get far too little of. It is natural to let sleep fall to the back burner as our lives are filled with the non-stop marathon of job responsibilities, child rearing and general household management, but did you know that a lack of sleep can seriously affect not just yourself, but those around you?
Before putting off a full night of shuteye, consider the following:
- Lack of Sleep Makes You Sick: We all know that groggy feeling after skimping on sleep, but did you know that risk of serious diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes can all be increased with lack of sleep?
- Lack of Sleep Can Make You Unaware: We often examine cases of people slipping on wet surfaces or tripping over uneven pavement, resulting in injury. The chances of these injuries increase significantly when you are too groggy to notice the wet floor signs or cracked sidewalk.
- Lack of Sleep Can Cause Accidents: Did you know that sleep deprivation was a factor in Exxon Valdez, Chernobyl and Three Mile Island disasters? Sure, you may not be in charge of a nuclear reactor, but driving while drowsy can be disastrous enough, putting yourself, your passengers and innocent bystanders at risk.
These are only three examples of how a lack of sleep can put yourself and those around you at serious risk of injury or even death. It may not seem important, but trust us when we say, sleep can be the difference between negligence and vigilance when on the road or on the job. Stay safe and get some much-needed rest whenever possible.
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