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9 New Lessons We've Learned About Sleep And Health

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Today kicks off National Sleep Awareness Week, the annual campaign by the National Sleep Foundation that runs from March 5 to 11 to remind people about the importance and value of sleep.

Multiple studies have shown that not getting enough sleep each night is linked with poor mental performance, a bad mood, and even an increased risk of health conditions like heart disease and high blood pressure, according to the National Institutes of Health.

For most adults, seven to eight hours is the prime amount of sleep to get a night, while kids and newborns require even more sleep. As the NIH puts it, "how well rested you are and how well you function the next day depend on your total sleep time and how much of the various stages of sleep you get each night."

For the latest and greatest in sleep, check out our round-up of the top sleep findings that have come out in the last few months.

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