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The busy holiday season doesn’t just cut into our health and fitness routines. It can compromise the quality of our sleep, making us more tired and irritable when we need to be well rested and stress-free.

Chronic sleep deprivation, which affects about a third of us, compromises our mental concentration and our health. “Sleep deprivation has huge short-term and long-term effects,” said Uli Gal-Oz, CEO of SleepRate, an app that uses a heart rate monitor to create an individual sleep plan. “In the short term people who sleep less than five hours a night are much more vulnerable to becoming ill. Their response time goes down and their memory is affected.” In the long term, obesity, heart problems, hypertension and skin aging can result.

Click here to read the full article written by Maureen Mackey on The Fiscal Times!