Infographic: How health care communicators can reduce sleep deprivation—and save lives

Lack of sleep can literally kill you. This piece offers tested techniques for falling into dreamland every night.

Sleep deprivation is the cause of 100,000 car crashes and 1,550 crash-related deaths annually in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Communicators can play a vital role in cutting these figures down and preventing victims from showing up in your hospital’s emergency room.

Problems associated with sleep deprivation include:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Accidents from inattention
  • Increased risk of diabetes
  • Depression
  • Weight gain or weight loss

To help people get the sleep they need, this infographic from the Downduvet website offers five science-supported tactics for falling asleep. They include:

  • Exercising three hours before you go to bed
  • Keeping to a predictable schedule for going to bed
  • Maintaining a healthy diet

If counting sheep isn’t doing the trick, view the infographic below for more ideas.

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