Sleep deprivation contributes to unsafe driving habits and loss of productivity on the job, reports EHSToday.

“The components of creativity, judgement and vitality are the biggest part of the effect when it comes to whether people are going to sleep well,” said Dr. Jeffrey Durmer, chief medical officer at FusionHealth.

The average adult needs seven to eight hours of sleep to be fully rested. However, even cutting back by one hour can cause a person to be less focused and slow his or her response time on the job, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

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