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Americans don't sleep enough, and it's costing us $411 billion

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Myriad business executives and heads of state have said they get by on little to no sleep. President Barack Obama told Vanity Fair in 2012 that he didn't shut off the lights at the White House until 1 a.m. and rose each morning before 6. Internet pioneer Vint Cerf made his thoughts on the topic clear: "Sleep is a waste of time." And President-elect Donald Trump, who wrote in his 2004 book "Think Like a Billionaire" that he sleeps only about four hours per night, recommended "don't sleep any more than you have to."

Such messages are not supported by substantial research that documents the health dangers of sleep deprivation. Our latest research - "Why Sleep Matters: Quantifying the Economic Costs of Insufficient Sleep" - goes a step further and puts a price tag on sleeplessness around the world...

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