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Sleep America, Sleep...

Eek! The Associated Press reports that one-third of U.S. workers are sleeping on the job. Take a look:
The survey of 1,000 people found participants average six hours and 40 minutes of sleep a night on weeknights, even though they estimated they'd need roughly another 40 minutes of sleep to be at their best…


…While sleepy workers know they're not performing as well as they could during the day, work is what's keeping them up nights, according to the survey, which found workdays are getting longer and time spent working from home averages close to four-and-a-half hours each week.
Now, Dr. Fuhrman recommends getting sufficient rest, i.e. sleep. Here are two posts that explain why:
Need more reasons to get your Z’s? Check out these recent reports about the importance of sleep. Enjoy:
Reuters: Lack of sleep may raise risk of heart attacks, stroke
“A 17-year analysis of 10,000 government workers showed those who cut their sleeping from seven hours a night to five or less faced a 1.7-fold increased risk in mortality from all causes and more than double the risk of cardiovascular death.”

NY Times: Study Ties Too Little Sleep With Too Much Weight

“A study of 7-year-olds has found that sleeping less than nine hours a night was associated with being overweight or obese, even after accounting for amounts of television watching and physical exercise.”


Associated Press: Lack of sleep may lead to fatter children
“The less sleep they got, the more likely the children were to be obese in sixth grade, no matter what the child's weight was in third grade, said Dr. Julie Lumeng of the University of Michigan, who led the research.”

HealthDay News: Good Sleep Wakes Up Memory
“Researchers found that sleep not only protects memories from outside interferences, it also helps strengthen them.”
Clearly, we all need a nap.


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