Sandra Blackmer

is features editor of Adventist Review.

​“Sleepless in America”

Not getting enough sleep? If so, apparently you’re not alone.

According to the recently aired National Geographic Channel documentary titled “Sleepless in America,” almost everyone in the U.S. is sleep-deprived. And the consequences, it seems, are worse than we might think.

Experts in the film say that chronic sleep deprivation—fewer than seven to eight hours sleep a night—increases risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, mental illness, and possibly even cancer. Sleep-deprived adolescents have lower test scores, and the top cause of high-severity car accidents is fatigue. This is serious …

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