About 50 million people in the U.S. are affected by chronic sleep problems and which can affect their careers, their safety and their health. The majority of American adults do not get adequate sleep needed for good health, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

Dr. Joseph Henkle, professor of pulmonary medicine at SIU School of Medicine, says continually getting less sleep than is needed can cause significant consequences.

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Dr. Henkle says medical problems resulting from chronic sleep loss can include putting individuals at higher risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and changes in metabolism.

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