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Research Letter
February 2017

Sleep Loss in the Homeless—An Additional Factor of PrecariousnessSurvey in a Group of Homeless People

Author Affiliations
  • 1Université Paris Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cité, EA 7330 VIFASOM, Paris, France
  • 2Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris (APHP), Hôtel Dieu, Centre du Sommeil et de la Vigilance, Paris, France
  • 3Santé Publique France, Institut National de Prévention et d’éducation pour la santé (INPES), Direction des Affaires Scientifiques Saint-Denis, France
  • 4Office Français de prévention des drogues et toxicomanies (PFDT), Direction Scientifique, Saint-Denis, France
JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(2):278-279. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.7827

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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