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How important is a good night’s sleep?

In the 50s we used to sleep eight hours a night. Nowadays the average is six and a half. Why have we become less keen on a proper night’s keep? Does our modern lifestyle promote sleep deprivation, meaning we’ll stay awake as long as it takes to consume as much online as possible?

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The way we sleep has changed radically in the past decades. In the 50s we used to sleep eight hours. Nowadays the average is just six and a half a night, while some people claim to be able to get by with a mere four hours of sleep. But do they know what they are losing? Sleep isn’t just downtime between episodes of being alive, as an article in Harvard Magazine notes. [1] Only 17 hours of sustained wakefulness leads to a decrease in performance equivalent to a blood alcohol level of 0.05% (two glasses of ...



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