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Sleep Wake Cycles

How America's Sleep Deficit Is Damaging Long-term Health

Frank B. Hu, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 05.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Frank B. Hu, M.D., Ph.D.

There is substantial evidence that sleep deprivation is associated with increased risk for diabetes, obesity and other chronic illnesses. Considering that chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S., we should stop treating sleep as a sacrificial luxury and instead insist on it as an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.