Disease and sleep: Recent studies find new links

One in five U.S. adults shows signs of chronic sleep deprivation, and a shortage of sleep has been linked to health problems as different as diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Recent studies have found some interesting connections between illness and what is happening in our brains as we snooze.

Sources: Neurologist Clifford Saper of Harvard Medical School, BrainFacts.org, Massachusetts General Hospital, Weizmann Institute of Science, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, National Sleep Foundation, Journal of Experimental Biology, University of Wisconsin, Harvard Medical School, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, Stanford University, Washington University in St. Louis, American Academy of Pediatrics, University of Barcelona, St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, Columbia University, Mayo Clinic | Bonnie Berkowitz and Alberto Cuadra - The Washington Post December 3, 2012
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