Excerpt from Mercola.com
If you’re like most people, you’re probably not sleeping enough, and the consequences go far beyond just feeling tired and sluggish the next day.
According to a 2013 Gallup poll,1 40 percent of American adults get six hours or less per night. Even children are becoming sleep deprived. According to the 2014 Sleep in America Poll,2 58 percent of teens average only seven hours of sleep or less.
Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated thatlack of sleep is a public health epidemic, noting that insufficient sleep has been linked to a wide variety of health problems.
For example, getting less than five hours of sleep per night may double your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and/or stroke. Research has also found a persistent link between lack of sleep and weight gain, insulin resistance, and diabetes.3,4
But while the risks of insufficient sleep are well-documented, there have been lingering questions about how much sleep is “enough,” and recommendations have shifted upward and downward over the years. On February 2, the National Sleep Foundation released updated guidelines5,6,7 to help clarify this question.
Full article: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/02/19/updated-sleep-guidelines.aspx
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