Health: Drowsy America

For millions of people caught in the nation's 24-hour whirl, sleep is the last thing on their mind. It shouldn't be. Lack of rest is leading to everything from poor grades to industrial accidents.

At 7 a.m. or 6 or maybe even 5, the blare of the alarm breaks the night, and another workday dawns. As an arm gropes to stop the noise and the whole body rebels against the harsh call of morning, the thought is almost always the same: I have to get more sleep. That night, after 17 or 18 hours of fighting traffic, facing deadlines and racing the clock, the weary soul collapses into bed once again for an all-too-brief respite. And just before the slide into slumber, the nagging thought returns: I have to get more sleep.

Millions of Americans...

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