Arianna Huffington: Collapse from exhaustion was ‘wake-up call’

The problem is more pervasive than most people realize, said Dr. Nathaniel Watson, a neurologist and sleep-medicine specialist at the University of Washington. “We estimate that about a third of Americans are sleeping less than six hours per night,” he said, when they should be getting “between seven and nine hours for optimal performance.”

The health consequences can be profound: an increase in the risk of heart attacks, strokes, diabetes or even death.

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