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Stanford expert: Quality, not quantity, of sleep is what counts

Stanford/Lucile Packard Children's Hospital sleep expert Rafael Pelayo, MD, was the guest on KGO's Ronn Owens Show today. During the hour-long interview, Pelayo discussed and took listeners' questions on insomnia, snoring, sleepwalking, sleep apnea, and the effectiveness of sleeping aids, including various medications.

And for those of you wondering if eight hours is really the magic number, Pelayo had this to say about the optimal amount of sleep for adults:

You shouldn't think about hours of sleep. That's the wrong way of thinking. You should think about the overall quality. The bottom line is you should wake up feeling refreshed.

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