Dying to Sleep

Getting too little sleep can impair body and brain and could even be deadly

By Tina Hesman Saey, 10:00 AM October 8, 2009

For many people, days just don’t seem long enough. In order to cram everything into one 24-hour period, something has to give. Judging by many surveys of Americans, it’s sleep.

Sleep is regarded by some as unproductive, wasteful downtime. People who would rather hit the hay than the dance floor are told that only losers snooze and that they can sleep when they’re dead.

But new data about sleep’s benefits suggest that losing sleep might speed up death’s arrival. Recent research also shows that ...

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