Wake Up! The Science of Sleep

Photo courtesy of Rebecca Carlson/AAAS

Photo courtesy of Rebecca Carlson/AAAS

Why don’t people care more about sleep? We wake up early and go to bed late, and let our kids do the same, trying to put more “day” in our days, when it’s the nights that build our memories and heal our brains and the rest of our bodies.

The National Institute of Medicine has called sleep disorders and sleep deprivation “an unmet public health problem,” Michael Twery, director of National Center on Sleep Disorders Research, told an audience at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington, DC, on Tuesday.

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