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What your sleep can say about your health

While our sleep habits may change as we get older, a good night’s sleep is always important. There’s no magic number when it comes to the hours of sleep needed, but lack of sleep can affect quality of life and can also be a symptom of health problems such as neurodegenerative diseases and unhealthy weight (and sleep apnea that accompany unhealthy weight).

Learn more about sleep, how it changes as you age, and the effect of sleep on your health using these helpful resources.


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