We're guessing this news won't surprise you at all. We're guessing this news especially won't surprise New Yorkers because we have that silly reputation as the city that never sleeps.
In case you're wondering just how the sleeping situation is in this wild city of ours, we drink seven times more coffee than any other city in the US. Does that tell you everything you need to know about our sleep habits?
It turns out that this problem doesn't just apply to us here in New York City.
A new study conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics found that nearly one third of adults don't sleep the recommended seven hours in the United States.
The numbers were worst for single moms. According to CBS, 40% of single moms get fewer than seven hours of sleep.
In case you're wondering whether this information matters, we'll just put an end to that line of questioning. Sleep matters.
"[When we sleep], our brain is able to clear out some of the things that have built up throughout the daytime, which are not good for it," said Dr. Daniel Barone, a neurologist at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell's Center for Sleep Medicine.
He got even more specific while outlining sleep's health benefits.
"Our heart's given a break, our blood vessels are allowed to relax, our blood sugar goes down," Barone said, in regards to the physiological affects of sleeping.
Apparently, the effects of lack of sleep are much more detrimental than just being tired. Sleep deprivation has been linked to diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, mood disorders, and a weakened immune system.
Recent evidence even suggests it might be correlated to dementia and obesity.
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"It's the great equalizer. We all need sleep," Barone said.
We're not trying to scare you. We know you were probably staying up until 4 a.m. binging on Netflix tonight, and we don't want to rob you of that pleasure.
It is, however, something to consider: the positive affects of getting the seven hours your body needs could have far reaching implications in terms of your future health.
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