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American’s are Starved for Sleep


Research shows that most people require seven or eight hours of sleep to function.

Many American’s constantly shortchange themselves of sleep, settling for only five or six hours a night. This can lead to serious health risks. Over the years, lack of sleep can significantly affect memory, learning, creativity, productivity and emotional stability, as well as physical health, according to a recent NYTimes.com blog post.

In the same blog post, research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Western Psychiatric Institution and Clinic shared that several body systems can be negatively impacted by lack of sleep. These include the heart, lungs and kidneys, appetite, metabolism and weight control, immune function and disease resistance, sensitivity to pain, reaction time, mood and brain function.

For more on the health risks of sleep deprivation, visit NYTime’s Well Blog.


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