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November 4, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(19):1410. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510190046011

It will scarcely be denied that many of the ills of modern life can be traced to overwork and under-rest. Work and rest are habits and they can be cultivated so as to yield mutually the most productive results. The need for sleep varies with the individual. The average adult requires not less than eight hours in twenty-four. While some seem to be able to do well with less, not a few are better for more. Old persons generally get less —at least they do not sleep so long consecutively; but they can take additional rest with advantage in the middle of the day. Without question, children should invariably secure more than eight hours of sleep in each day. The new-born infant sleeps almost all the time, and the young child should receive a maximum amount of sleep. The growing boy or girl requires a large amount of sleep to

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