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Sleep deprivation: Its effects and how to fix it

Sleep deprivation is when one's body does not get the proper amount of sleep it should. Some effects of being sleep deprived: memory issues, the inability to think clearly, weakened immune system.

Ways to fix your sleeping patterns:

  • Have a consistent sleeping schedule
  • Build healthier habits such as exercising and having a well-balanced diet
  • Have a sleeping environment that is free from distractions to allow yourself to relax.

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