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Americans short on sleep

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 09:41:15 CST
By: Charlie Schlenker

An ISU sleep expert says Americans don't get enough shuteye and it's hurting their health. Teresa Valerio of the Mennonite College of Nursing says U.S. citizens get a lot less sleep than do people in other countries and the long term consequences include weight gain and more severe issues...

   
She says the average U.S. resident gets between six and seven hours of sleep a night. That's a reduction of up to two hours from the average in 1900. She says that creates a lot more mistakes and hurts productivity. Valerio says there's evidence that the Chernobyl and Exxon Valdez disasters can both be partially blamed on sleep deprivation and the errors in judgment that can produce.

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