Avoid sleep debt.

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An­tic­i­pat­ing too lit­tle sleep, say, dur­ing a busi­ness trip or while meet­ing a big work dead­line? Re­cent data sug­gests you can bank sleep in ad­vance to off­set the bad ef­fects of sleep de­pri­va­tion, says US sleep-med spe­cial­ist Dr Christo­pher Win­ter. Go to bed one to two hours ear­lier than you nor­mally would for a few days be­fore your ex­pected lack of sleep, he rec­om­mends. Even small short­falls can throw off lev­els of key hor­mones that af­fect ap­petite, stress, and the im­mune sys­tem. “If you head into a sleep­de­pri­va­tion sit­u­a­tion when you’re well rested, those hor­mone lev­els will start out in a healthier place, so you’ll have more en­ergy than you would if you hadn’t been sleep­ing as well be­fore­hand,” Dr Win­ter says.

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