We sleep better when we are rich

We sleep better when we are rich

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A new study shows that the level of wealth can determine the quality of night’s rest, since 66.6% of people earning 400% above the poverty line get eight hours of sleep per night, compared to 55% of those living in below the poverty line (according to American criteria).

Researchers suggest that the reduction in sleep time could be due to people working long hours or juggling multiple jobs at once. The richest people also have more means to live in better conditions and to meet health costs. “People with more resources can afford homes in quieter locations, have more space, fewer people per room and better soundproofing,” said Dr. Neil Kline, sleep physician at the American Sleep Association, at CNN. People with more resources can also afford more health care when it comes to sleep disorders. ”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) studied the sleep patterns of 140,000 Americans between 2011 and 2014. They called lack of sleep a “public health epidemic” because it can lead to a host of health problems. . “People with insufficient sleep are also more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression and obesity, as well as cancer, increased mortality and decreased quality of life and productivity, ”reports the CDC website.


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