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Editorial
December 21, 2011

Sleep Disorders, Public Health, and Public Safety

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, Division of Sleep Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

JAMA. 2011;306(23):2616-2617. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1833

Inadequate sleep and sleep disorders have been associated with all-cause mortality,1,2 as well as with several leading causes of death, including motor vehicle crashes and cardiovascular disease. Inadequate sleep or sleep disorders have consequences in 2 major domains: excessive sleepiness with behavioral consequences, leading to risks including increased rate of motor vehicle crashes3; and cardiometabolic consequences, leading to an increased risk of obesity and insulin resistance.4

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