Sleep is a key component of good health.1 Sleeping less than 6 hours per night is associated with increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression, anxiety, pain, and accidents.2 Being homeless makes sleep particularly difficult. Homeless facilities are often closed at night, and homeless people face inclement weather, darkness, and fear for their personal security. Owing to limited resources, many facilities limit the number of nights per individual. Thus, many homeless persons have no regular access to a safe and warm bed at night.
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