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As Frank sang many moons ago, ''I want to wake up in that city that never sleeps,'' that city being lovely old New York, New York. He was very apt in his description of this fine town--Americans in general are known for their chronic sleep deprivation and NYC is the epitome of this epidemic.

Sleep deprivation (defined as under 7 hours of slumber) is in no way a laughing matter; it is in fact a major health problem. If you or a loved one are experiencing sleep deprivation, you'll want to keep these 5 risk factors in mind:

1. Studies have shown that lack of sleep can lead to heightened blood pressure and blood sugar irregularities. Thus, it is a contributing factor to heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

2.Weakened Immune System: People who sleep under 7 hours a night are more than 3 times more likely to contract that frustrating common cold.

3.Weight gain: Lack of sleep goes hand in hand with weight gain. A simple reason is that people grasp for calorie-loaded products to stay attentive and active. This phenomenon also relates to hormonal fluctuations and inactivity in your cortex, which hampers your ability to make rational decisions. 

4.Performance in work and play: Lack of sleep drastically affects your ability to retain information and compete in any physical capacity. Put simply, it slows down your mind and body.

5.Public Safety: A majorly topical subject at the moment is how driving while sleep deprived is almost as a dangerous as drunk driving. Check out these staggering Drowsy Driving Stats.

All the above is surmised in this quote from Russell Sanna, the Executive Director at Division of Sleep Medicine, Havard Medical School. Without adequate sleep, ''You get sick, fat, and stupid''.

Regular Yoga and Meditation can help quiet your mind, lower stress hormones, and bring down blood pressure, therefore helping you get optimal sleep. Being well-rested is vital for productivity at work. Exubrancy provides companies with the tools to promote great sleep, strengthen office community, and improve overall health and wellness.