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Why is sleep deprivation so common?

Modern society has contributed to the problem of sleeplessness, says pulmonologist and sleep specialist Michelle Zeidler, M.D. “The increase in work hours, commute time and time spent on various technologies after hours has curtailed the amount of time we spend sleeping,” she notes. While many people feel they can get away with less than the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep each night, “a good night’s sleep needs to be considered preventive medicine, just like a healthy diet and exercise,” Dr. Zeidler says.

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