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Why Sleep Matters

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash I don’t sleep well. I’ll admit it. But I am not alone. Surprisingly, “The average person gets less than seven hours of sleep every night” and “50 to 70 million adults in the U.S. are affected by a sleep disorder.” 70 million Americans. This number is alarming. I thought everyone was sleeping well. Due to the mass-marketed sleep aides and natural sleep remedies — I thought people were snug in bed in REM sleep. But that isn’t the case. The numbers don’t lie. Sleep statistics show we have a problem — an epidemic. The CDC is calling insufficient sleep a public health epidemic, and the American Sleep Apnea Organization explains why: “Additionally, people are chronically sleep deprived as a result of demanding lifestyles and a lack of...

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