Over the past 40 years, self-reported sleep duration in the United States has decreased by almost 2 hours (h). Artificial light, elongated work schedules and digital entertainment encourage a sleep deprived condition in society. Insufficient sleep promotes slow thinking, poor focus, unreliable memory, weak executive decision making, poor insights and planning capabilities, and alters economic preferences under risky situations. Combined, these impairments lead to significant differences in performance, behavior, decision making, and life choices. Over time, existing under this condition can lead to an entirely different direction of life than what might have otherwise been possible for an individual.
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