Sleep Part 2

Experts recommend we sleep seven to nine hours a night. But our hectic lives don't usually afford us the opportunity for shut-eye.

We sacrifice sleep because we have too much to do.

For those that drive in an overly tired or sleep deprived state, the statistics are staggering. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates drowsy driving is responsible for at least 100,000 fatalities.

If you have been awake for 24 hours which many people in society are, then you perform as if you are legally drunk with an alcohol level of perhaps one percent.

But auto accidents are only part of the story. There's also evidence sleep deprivation led to catastrophes like the Exxon Valdez accident and the Chernobyl Nuclear Meltdown.

Doctors say it can be as simple as adding 15 minutes of sleep a night on a consistent basis. But first, you have to recognize there is a problem.

Doctors also have a new drug called Provigil that can help those sleep deprived.

It activates the part of our brain that keeps us awake. It's not a stimulant so it won't make you feel jittery. It can keep you awake for up to 12 hours and it's often covered by insurance.


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