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'Social jet lag' could be new health threat

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While a trip around the world would make many feel jet lagged, a new German study says so can people's busy schedules. 

Researchers have coined a new term to describe the phenomenon a lot of people feel. It's called "social jet lag."

If you are trying to juggle kids, shift work and then a social life too - you may fall into the "social jet lag" category. 

Doctor Tariq Ansari is a sleep specialist who says a lot of people try to cram so much into a day they end up staying up late, getting up early and missing valuable hours of sleep.

"It's estimated that about 20 percent of the general population is working at least 30 percent below their capacity and potential because of lack of sleep," says Ansari.

The lack of sleep could also have a negative effect on your health.

"If you plot the number of hours slept and the rates of obesity there is a clear correlation. The fewer hours you get, the greater the rates of obesity," says Ansari.

Ansari says the lack of sleep could also affect the body's ability to use insulin and cause type 2 diabetes.

It can also cause high blood pressure, obesity, heart failure and hormone problems that affect your mood and inflammation.

Doctors say just two extra hours of sleep a night could increase your productivity by about 30 percent. The importance of good night's sleep can't be ignored.

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