One way to increase voter turnout? More sleep.

A new study posits that sleep deprivation decreases civic participation.

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  • Forty percent of Americans sleep less than seven hours, resulting in lost productivity, more accidents, and an increased likelihood of dementia.
  • A new study shows that a lack of sleep also results in decreased voter turnout.
  • Other prosocial behaviors are also implicated in this discussion, including signing petitions and donating money to charity.
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