Going to bed early does appear to increase the total amount of sleep.
Most notably was a near doubling of the amount of REM sleep - which
is believed to be very important for the recently discovered glymphatic
system and functions to remove waste products from the brain.
Impressively, better scores were seen in virtually every sleep survey
taken. This was especially true for the Epworth sleepiness Scale that
measures a person's tendency to want to fall asleep during activities
like reading, driving, or otherwise. Also interesting was the depression
index going from 7 to 2 -- although both scores register as "normal",
coupled with our previous study on the effect of social media and
news on depression, it is very clear we should all turn off our TVs
and just go to bed! In sum, the data here paints a very clear picture
that the impacts of lack of sleep are affecting ScientificAmeriKen,
and indeed this will be taken into consideration when determining
the time to go to bed - but after just one more game of chess.
Special thanks to fellow scientist Carleara Weiss for providing the
sleep analysis surveys and helping with the interpretation! On with
science and on with sleep!