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The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that adults should sleep 7 or more hours per night on a regular basis to promote optimal health. The amount of nightly sleep that children need steadily decreases with age.
Am I at Risk ?
The rate of insufficient sleep is similar among men and women. Adults in the southeastern U.S. have the lowest rate of healthy sleep duration. Your job also can aﬀect your sleep duration. Short sleep duration is more common among communications equipment operators and transportation workers. Insufficient sleep is extremely common among teens. About 68 percent of high school students report sleeping 7 hours or less on school nights.
Health problems linked to insufcient sleep include:
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: CONTENT DEVELOPED BY THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF SLEEP MEDICINE