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Study: Astronauts Sleep Deprived, Use Sleeping Pills

Despite the allure of floating in a weightless environment, outer space may not be the best place to take a snooze, according to new research. Over the course of a 10-year study of astronauts’ sleeping patterns, researchers at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders, Harvard Medical School, and the University of Colorado found the astronauts “suffer considerable sleep deficiency in the weeks leading up to and during space flight.” “Sleep...

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