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Health Tip: Catching Up on Sleep

(HealthDay News) -- An hour or two of lost sleep every night will add up, says the National Sleep Foundation. In the short-term, negative effects from lack of sleep can range from a foggy brain to impaired driving abilities.

However, getting extra sleep to compensate won't completely make up for sleep lost. Extra sleep can reduce daytime drowsiness, but your ability to focus will still be reduced.

For the sleep-deprived, the National Sleep Foundation recommends getting back on a regular cycle of seven-to-nine hours of sleep per night. If necessary, go to bed early and wake up at your normal time, instead of sleeping late. Returning to a normal sleeping pattern can take days or weeks, depending on the person.

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