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Roughly 35% of US adults get insufficient sleep — and the effects can be serious.
People deprived of adequate sleep are more likely to develop diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, obesity, and depression. Moreover, the direct and indirect costs associated with insufficient sleep are estimated to cost the US more than $410B per year.
The national sleep deficit has sparked research interest on the topic: researchers now believe sleep quality could be just as important as quantity when it comes to predicting health outcomes, and in 2017, the National Sleep Foundation formally introduced a set of “sleep continuity variables” to quantify sleep quality.