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In Focus


The Harvard community explores this state of rest, its many benefits and functions, and what we can do to ensure that we’re getting enough of it.

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The benefits of catching up on sleep

Most people are not getting enough sleep and the problems that result are apparent—and potentially serious. Harvard experts offer some tips on how to do better with getting enough rest.

Read more from Harvard Medical School

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Misinformation about sleep may keep you up at night

More than 60% of adults in the U.S. report accessing the internet for health-related questions. Yet an alarming amount of medical misinformation in videos about sleep has been identified in a new study.

Read more from Brigham and Women’s Hospital

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Alcohol, sleep, and politics

A new study examines the impact major political events can have on sleep and how it affects the our collective mood, wellbeing, and alcohol consumption.

Read more from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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Disparities in sleep

The amount of sleep U.S. adults get varies based on age, sex, location, race, and ethnicity.

Learn more from the Journalist’s Resource

Sleep on it

Scientists and researchers have been studying sleep, why we need it, and how it impacts our physical and mental health for centuries.

Learn more from the Division of Sleep Medicine

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