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The Need for ZZZ's

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With our lives becoming more demanding and the perpetual light from our never-sleeping cities, getting a good night sleep is getting more and more difficult. According to the documentary, Sleepless in America by National Geographic, 40 percent of Americans are sleep deprived and getting less than five hours of sleep per night compared to 8 hours in the 1950s. Over two thousand years ago, a prominent researcher named Galan had a theory of why we needed sleep. While we were awake, the brain pushed a type of liquid fuel to all the parts of the body to give us life, leaving the brain depleted. Then while we slept, the energizing fuel would return the brain to enliven and refresh the mind. Today that theory has been debunked, but in retrospect, we have all experienced the sense of renewal and refreshment after a deep sleep or the sluggish feeling when we...
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