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Sleep And Health: How Longterm Deprivation Is Affecting Our Well-Being (VIDEO)

First Posted: 03/06/2012 11:19 am EST Updated: 03/07/2012 4:34 pm EST

Monday kicked off National Sleep Awareness Week -- and it couldn't come at a more critical time. Americans everywhere are sleep deprived, from our kids who are boarding school buses even before the work day begins to shift workers trying to make ends meet in a difficult financial time. Over time, that loss of sleep can lead to serious health problems, including increased risk of obesity, heart problems and stroke, among others.

Yesterday, just a few days before we all lose that precious hour of Daylight Savings Time sleep this Sunday, the Harvard School of Public Health hosted, in collaboration with The Huffington Post, a live panel event to examine what we mean by "sleep deprivation," and its long-term effects. Dubbed "Fighting The Clock: How America's Sleep Deficit Is Damaging Longterm Health," the discussion was moderated by HuffPost Healthy Living's own editor-in-chief, Alana B. Elias Kornfeld.

Missed the live event? Check it out here.

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Filed by Laura Schocker  |