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Take a nap! It's World Sleep Day

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NATIONWIDE -- If you're tired, take a nap. The World Association of Sleep Medicine has declared Friday as World Sleep Day.

The goal is to spread awareness about sleep issues and how to prevent them. This year's theme is "Restful Sleep, Easy Breathing, Healthy Body." It's meant to highlight the risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea.

The CDC calls insufficient sleep a public health epidemic. More than 30 percent of adults surveyed report getting six hours of sleep or less per night, and with that comes some serious health consequences.

"Not sleeping well has been shown to be a burden on the heart. And it can accelerate or worsen conditions such as atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease and even in the long run could be a risk factor for stroke," said Dr. Antonio Culebras, an Upstate University Hospital Sleep Medicine Specialist.

The National Institute of Health suggests school-age children need at least ten hours of sleep daily, teens need 9 to 10 hours, and adults need 7 to 8 hours.

For some tips on better sleep, visit worldsleepday.org.

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