How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?

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We spend up to a third of our lives asleep, and it’s a crucial indicator of our overall health. The National Sleep Foundation recently released the results of a world-class study that took more than two years of research to complete. Eighteen scientists and researchers formed the expert panel tasked with updating the recommendations for how much sleep we all need. The panel revised the recommended sleep ranges for all children and teenage groups, with teenagers aged 14-17 needing 8-10 hours of sleep a night. The panel also recommends that younger adults (a new category featuring people aged 18-25) get 7-9 hours per night. The recommended amount of sleep did not change for adults aged 26-64, with them still needing 7-9 hours a night. Read more about sleep time recommendations.

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