Nutrition and exercise are often among the nationâ€™s leading public health concerns. But a growing body of research suggests that sleep is just as important. Dr. Aric Prather of the University of California, San Francisco says that insufficient sleep can affect both short-term and long-term health.
"Chronically, this seems to put people at risk for things like coronary heart disease, the metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, obesity, as well as premature mortality. Of course it also puts people at risk for things like automobile accidents, things that can have incredible consequences. And then thereâ€™s even some growing literature suggesting that short sleep may even put people at risk for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimerâ€™s disease."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than a quarter of Americans are not getting enough sleep, while nearly 10 percent experience chronic insomnia. Prather says itâ€™s an issue we can all address.
"Sleep is a very tractable health behavior, and it could have an incredible effect on population health beyond just the individual."
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