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Americans Not Getting Enough Sleep

Americans Not Getting Enough Sleep

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Tom Callan, KSL Newsradio A recent national study suggests for most people, sleep is a dying art.

Even before they turn the clocks back next month, many people have reduced shut-eye by at least one hour. "Most people need between seven and eight hours. Teenagers actually need a little bit more, closer to nine hours," explained Dr. Paul Temen, University of Utah sleep expert.

Temen says many teens stimulate their post-midnight senses, hardly conducive to sleep, by nocturnal noodling on the Internet and text messaging.

He also blames lack of sleep on busy schedules. "[There's] time at work and the time driving, and people want to get errands done. There's just so much in the day that needs to be done," Temen said.

However, Temen doesn't blame high tech gadgets. He says people can just turn them off.

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