Americans Staying Up Past Bedtime, Study Finds

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A new poll shows that Americans are sleeping less and less. Yet we still come up with all sorts of excuses to stay up late and wake up early. Sleep expert William Dement explains why Americans rationalize their lack of sleep and why so few of us are getting the recommended eight hours.

Dr. William Dement, chief of the Stanford University Division of Sleep; Lowell W. and Josephine Q. Berry Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine

The email address Dr. Dement provided for more information on the obstructive sleep apnea study in St. Louis, Boston, Tucson, Walla Walla and Stanford is:



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