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Sleeplessness as dangerous as drunk driving, experts say

She said sleeping in a dark, cool room without distractions can lead to more meaningful rest. (WICS)

Driving without enough sleep can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated, experts say.

Getting enough sleep is so important, it's right up there with food and water, said Springfield Clinic Sleep Technologist Sheila Leggett.

Leggett says not getting enough sleep can be extremely dangerous.

"It affects your mind, body, and soul," she said. "If you're going sleepless, it can affect you occupationally. Chernobyl, somebody fell asleep."

Leggett recommends getting eight to nine hours of sleep per night.

She said sleeping in a dark, cool room without distractions can lead to more meaningful rest.

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