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Mortality Linked to Hypnotic Use, Longer Sleep Duration

KEY POINT

Too much sleep is bad for your health, if results of a recent study are accurate. People who reported sleeping 8 hours or more per night died more often than those who slept 6 or fewer hours. In addition, those who reported using hypnotic agents and other sleep aids died more often.

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