In a new study from the National Geographic Channel, 73 percent of 1,033 Americans ages 18 and over claimed they sleep under eight hours every night, regardless of the fact that 54 percent said they need a minimum of eight to really feel well-rested, according to data provided by National Geographic.

sleepThere are many causes of sleep deprivation. The stresses of daily life may intrude upon our ability to sleep well, or perhaps we trade sleep for more work or play. We may have medical or mental-health conditions that disrupt our sleep, and be well aware that we are sleep-deprived.

However, it is critically important to realize that sleep deprivation is very often due to unrecognized sleep disorders.

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