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The number of Americans who are getting less than seven hours of sleep a night is on the rise, especially in the first responder community.
Researchers from Ball State University in Indiana looked at data from the National Health Interview Survey, according to a report from NPR.
Jagdish Khubchandani, the professor who headed the study, told the news organization the lack of sleep might be attributed to stress.
“If you are a police officer who just had a shooting encounter, it’s hard for the brain to feel rested, and if that state is not achieved you don’t sleep,” he reportedly said.