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Too little sleep makes people less generous, report suggests

By Erin Blakemore

08 Oct 2022 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

We are all aware of the many benefits that a good nights sleep can bring us. Well, we can now add another benefit to that list: generosity. The Post explains the link.

Empathy and generosity are two traits that arguably make the world go 'round. But a study suggests that the willingness to help collapses when people get too little - or poor - sleep.

To see how sleep affects how much humans help one another, researchers conducted three experiments designed to examine the issue from the individual to the societal scale. Their results are published in PLOS Biology.

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