The World Health Organization has recognized sleep deprivation as a major risk around the globe.
Friday was World Sleep Day, a day intended to emphasize the importance of sleep to overall health at any age.
Clinical psychologist and Director of the Sleep Health and Wellness Lab at Memorial University, Dr. Sheila Garland, says many people don’t make sleep the priority it should be.
She says sleep is often at the bottom of the rung, with people putting work, social and household commitments, and things like diet and exercise above sleep. That, she says, leads people to be less effective in other areas of their lives.
Dr. Garland says sleep deprivation lends itself to workplace and traffic accidents, in addition to physical and psychological illness including diabetes, certain cancers, anxiety, and mood disorders.