Years of scolding from health experts about a good night’s rest may be breaking through.
Americans are finally getting more sleep — about 18 minutes more per weeknight compared with 2003.
It may not sound like much, but researchers say it’s a positive sign.
“If we only got more sleep, we would then see that we actually perform better and would probably be more creative and more productive during the day,” said Dr. Mathias Basner, the associate professor of sleep and chronobiology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and the lead author of the analysis of federal survey data, published this month in the journal “Sleep.”
The incremental gains took place over 13 years. Dr. Basner and his colleague, Dr. David F. Dinges, found that Americans gained about 1.4 minutes of sleep per weeknight each year between 2003 and 2016.
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