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National Sleep Foundation chair says "get more sleep"

National Sleep Foundation chair says

There are 24 hours in a day, a third of which — for most people — are spent at work. The others are probably dedicated to spending quality time with the family, getting exercise or other extra-curricular activities — leaving little time for sleep. 

“People tend to put sleep at the bottom of their to-do lists,” says Christopher Drake, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences in WSU’s School of Medicine. “What they’re doing is building up a sleep debt, which impacts their ability to maintain wakefulness and be alert during the day.”

The level of sedation from a full night of sleep loss is equivalent to that of drinking a six-pack of beer, according to Drake, who recently was elected chair of the National Sleep Foundation. “You’re driving on the road as if you were driving drunk. That’s a real problem. People don’t realize the level of impairment,” he says.  

The easy solution? Sleep more. Drake recommends adjusting your schedule to make time for sleep.

If you have a chronic disorder – like insomnia or sleep apnea – Drake says you should seek treatment from a physician.