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A 37-year-old member asked:

If you cut back your sleep by one hour, will you body adjust?

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Dr. Marcel Hungs
Neurology 26 years experience
No: An occasional short night sleep does not affect you health. However, a chronic, constant sleep deprivation of one hour leads to 30h (>1day!) missed restorative night time sleep. Chronic sleep deprivation is associated with increased risk of stroke, heart attacks and early death.
Dr. Parham Gharagozlou
Sleep Medicine 9 years experience
No: If you are sleeping the amount your body needs for your age and then cut back you will have sleep deprivation that is a bad thing to have.

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Last updated Feb 26, 2014

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