In our busy lives, we often cut back on sleep to get our to-do lists done. But skimping on sleep can be as harmful to health as drinking or smoking, and it can lead to heart problems, mood disorders and other health issues.
NBC's Tamron Hall and Dr. Nancy Snyderman discuss new studies on sleep, and how sleep deprivation can impact your health.
Dr. Snyderman suggests these strategies to get a good night's sleep:
- Don't drink caffeine in the afternoon
- Skip the late-afternoon nap
- Don't watch TV or work on the computer in bed
- Make the bedroom as dark and peaceful as possible
A good way to tell if you're sleep deprived: you fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow.