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Constant stress conditions may be detrimental in the long run, and not only in terms of well-being. With normal stress levels, good and normal sleep at night should be able to restore energy levels and personal resources, as well as counteract the emotional loads induced by daytime stress.1 But what good can happen when sleep duration decreases? While the US National Institutes of Health suggest that healthy adults should sleep 7 to 8 hours, it has been established that the mean sleep duration has decreased slightly and the percentage of adults sleeping 6 hours or less has increased by 31% between 1985 and 2012 in the USA.2

Not only is insufficient sleep duration prevalent in the population, it is also associated with weight gain and obesity, inflammation, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and mortality. Insomnia is also highly prevalent and represents an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease, especially when accompanied by short sleep duration…