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Sleep Better, Live Longer

Original Article By: Thomas R. Verny M.D.

Summarized By: Neurobit

Sleep is a crucial factor in maintaining overall health and wellness. Unfortunately, many people today struggle to get the recommended amount of sleep.

Adults between 18 and 64 need seven to nine hours of sleep per night, and adults over 65 have been shown to awaken approximately one and a half hours earlier and sleep one hour earlier than younger adults. However, getting the ideal amount of sleep for adults or children is becoming more challenging with each passing year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 28.4% of working adults slept six or fewer hours per night in 2009, compared to 32.6% in 2017-2018. Furthermore, 45.8% of Black people, 40.4% of American Indians/Alaska Natives, 37.5% of Asians, 34.5% of Hispanics, and 33.4% of white people reported getting less than seven hours of sleep per night.

Getting enough sleep has many benefits, including improved energy levels, better mood, and increased patience and tolerance. Lack of sleep has been associated with decreased psychological well-being, as 40% of people with insomnia are affected by mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and panic disorders. Not enough sleep can also lead to physical health problems such as high blood pressure, heart attacks, and diabetes. Furthermore, sleep has been linked to improved concentration, better memory, and higher cognitive function, which can help you be successful at work or school. On the contrary, lack of sleep can be dangerous, as it increases the risk of car accidents and work-related accidents.


Verny, T. R. (2023, January 15). Sleep Better, Live Longer. Psychology Today. Retrieved January 18, 2023, from

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