News Roundup: Updated Sleep Recommendations


The National Sleep Foundation has released an updated set of recommendations for sleep at all ages. The non-profit, scientific organization met with a panel of sleep experts and experts from other fields, such as pediatrics and psychology. The recommendations are based off of a comprehensive review of studies on sleep and health. Most age groups saw an increase in the recommended amount of sleep per night. Notably, the expert panel deciphered between amounts of sleep that may be appropriate and those that are strongly recommended. 


This week’s News Roundup brings you a collection of articles discussing the National Sleep Foundation’s updated sleep recommendations.   


How Much Sleep Should You Get? New Recommendations Released. LiveScience. “Too little sleep has been linked with health problems, including obesity and high blood pressure, as well as decreased productivity and drowsy driving, the NSF says. Too much sleep has been linked with health conditions as well, including heart disease and premature death.”


How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?  National Sleep Foundation.  “What’s Changed?...A new range, “may be appropriate,” has been added to acknowledge the individual variability in appropriate sleep durations. The recommendations now define times as either (a) recommended; (b) may be appropriate for some individuals; or (c) not recommended.”


National Sleep Foundation changes recommended snooze timeUSA Today. “"This is the first time that any professional organization has developed age-specific recommended sleep durations based on a rigorous, systematic review of the world scientific literature relating sleep duration to health, performance and safety," Charles Czeisler, chairman of the board of the National Sleep Foundation, said in a statement.”


Are You Getting Enough Sleep?  U.S. News.  “Health factors, including obesity or caffeine use, can impact whether a person sleeps well. A lack of sleep also can be linked to weight gain, because sleep deprivation causes an increase in appetite, according to the foundation.”


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