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Are Sleep Problems Making Your Health Problems Worse?

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  • 40 percent of Americans are sleep deprived; many get less than five hours of sleep per night. Insufficient sleep has been linked to a wide variety of health problems, including pain, heart disease, and cancer
  • A 14-year long study found that men who have trouble sleeping have double the risk of heart attack compared to those who sleep well
  • Recent research claims to “unequivocally” show a link between chronic light-dark inversions and breast cancer development, suggesting women with family history of breast cancer would be wise to avoid shift work

By Dr. Mercola

The importance of sleep is widely ignored, especially in the US where working around the clock is still glorified. The cost is rarely considered, even though it actually includes reduced work productivity and an increased risk of serious accidents.


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