What Happens When You Don’t Get Enough Sleep

Scientists peer inside the sleep-deprived mind and body

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The advice on naps is inconclusive, and federal sleep recommendations don’t even factor in napping after age 5.

“This is the first study to show that objectively measured sleep is independently associated with atherosclerosis throughout the body, not just in the heart.”

Commonly prescribed sleep aids come with a fourfold increase in risk of premature death, even among people who take them only occasionally.

Independent health and science journalist, former editor-in-chief of LiveScience, writing about how we age and how to optimize your mind and body through time.

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