Surgeon General Pushing for More Sleep in America

“WASHINGTON — The surgeon general of the United States is worried that we aren’t getting enough rest.

Dr. Vivek Murthy made the case that the country needs a collective nap during an appearance at the Washington Ideas Festival last week, arguing that work efficiency and lifestyle balance would benefit as a result”, writes Sam Stein in Huffington Post.

Murthy says, “As all of us know, health is deeply intertwined with culture: what we eat, how active we are, how much we sleep. These are rooted in cultural norms. When I was training in medicine for example, there was a culture in medicine that strong people didn’t need sleep, that the less you slept, the more you just powered through a tough call not on no sleep, the stronger you were. That is not helpful to have a culture that supports healthy practices like that.”

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