Sleep lets our body processes rest and restores us for the next day, so a bad night’s sleep can ruin the following twenty-four hours and even make us feel sick. Now, new research published in the journal Sleep cements the idea that loss of sleep actually leaves us vulnerable to sickness.

The National Institutes of Health suggest that adults get 7-8 hours of sleep each night to avoid what they call “sleep debt.” But how much sleep we actually need is determined by many factors—with genetics responsible for 31-55% of our sleep patterns. And work schedules, new babies, checking that last email… more

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