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How common is sleep deprivation in the U.S.?

People aren’t nearly as aware of the importance of sleep as they should be. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released a report that says that more than a third of Americans get fewer than 7 hours of sleep a night. This might not seem like such a frightening statistic, but the long-term effects of sleep deprivation include severe health risks like diabetes and heart disease. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7 to 10 hours of sleep a night for adults, and this report suggests that those who get less sleep are more likely to doze off during the day, even while driving. Now that’s scary.

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