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  • Sleep is essential for your health. It refreshes the mind and repairs the body. 
  • Lack of sleep can cause fatigue, poor concentration and memory, mood disturbances, impaired judgement and reaction time, and poor physical coordination. It can also put you at more risk of accidents and injury. 
  • Long term lack of sleep can be associated with increased risk of diabetes and obesity.
  • Common causes of sleep deprivation are parenthood, shiftwork, travel across time zones, illness, poor sleeping habits, some medications and late-night usage of TV, the internet and social media.
  • Fatigue contributes to more than 20 per cent of road traffic accidents in Victoria.

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Reviewed on: 20-02-2019