In a 2010 TED Talk, Arianna Huffington identified sleep deprivation as the culprit for many bad decisions made by world leaders, and urged all of us to create a better world simply by going to sleep on time .
She was right.
Flooded with time-demanding tasks throughout the day, many of us are overwhelmed emotionally and cognitively. Often it’s not just difficult to allocate enough time for sleep, it's hard to get good, replenishing sleep in whatever time we have.
In recent years, studies have repeatedly shown that lack of quality sleep causes the same symptoms of alcohol intoxication—slower reaction time, impaired judgment, and reduced intelligence . Simply put: When we don’t sleep well, we are drunk drivers, workers, and parents.
Here are five things you can do today to "sober up" and get the sleep you need.
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