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How Much Should You Be Sleeping a Night?

A New Study Finds Out Just How Much Sleep You Should Be Getting

A new study done by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention further proved the health benefits of getting more than seven hours of sleep a night — as if we needed it.

Analyzing data found in a 2014 sleep survey, the CDC definitively found that sleeping less than seven hours a night can put adults aged 18-60 at an increased risk for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and mental distress. An unhealthy lack of sleep can also affect your day-to-day performance, leading to poor work productivity — at best — and more severe car and mechanical accidents — at worst.

Interestingly, the study also found that people living in the nation's Appalachian Mountains region get the least amount of sleep, while those living in the Great Plains states get the most.

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If you find yourself having a hard time getting those hours in, try adopting a different nighttime routine . . . because it seems like your life may just depend on it.

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