Lack of Sleep Affects Memory and More
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Lack of Sleep Affects Memory and More

Playoff games (think NBA and Stanley Cup finals), as well as the World Series and the NFL’s Sunday, Monday and Thursday night games later in the year, can keep you glued to your TV (if you’re on Central or Eastern Standard time) until well after midnight. But the alarm clock never goes off any later the next morning–and you may have to head to work or get the kids to school with a mind-numbing five hours or less of shut-eye. 

Call that unnecessary roughness–it inevitably leads to a big penalty for you. Getting that little sleep causes fuzzy thinking, interferes with memory - it can lead to formation of false memories–inflicts cell damage, especially to the liver, lung and small intestines and dings your sex life. And if you have pre-diabetes or diabetes, researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College in Doha, Qatar, found that every 30 minutes of weekday sleep debt increases your risk of obesity by 17% and your risk of insulin resistance by 39%. 

We know you aren’t going to miss that hair-raising playoff game (we don’t!), so what’s the solution? DVR the end of the game to watch over breakfast, plan for a 30 minute walk and then a power nap at your lunch-hour the next day, make an effort to eat well (lots of veggies and whole grains, lean protein, and water) and get 30 minutes added exercise later in the day to help regulate your metabolism. Then you’ll be playoff sharp for the championships.