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Study ties troubled sleep to lower brain volume

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By Ronnie Cohen

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who have trouble sleeping tend to have less volume in certain regions of the brain than those without sleep problems, a new study of Persian Gulf War veterans suggests.

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"People discount the importance of sleep. So many things seem so much more important than a few extra hours of sleep a night," lead author Linda L. Chao told Reuters Health.

"The study suggests we shouldn't discount sleep importance," she said.

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