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Sleep 7 Hours or More to Live a Long, Healthy, & Happy Life

Posted by Yatin J. Patel, MD MBA. Medical Director, Sneeze & Snooze Clinic, Goshen, Indiana. on

Consensus Statement (published in June 2015 issue) from American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society recommends 7 or more hours of sleep every night.

    1. Sleeping less than 7 hours per night on a regular basis is associated with adverse health outcomes, including weight gain and obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and stroke, depression, and increased risk of death. Sleeping less than 7 hours per night is also associated with impaired immune function, increased pain, impaired performance, increased errors, and greater risk of accidents.
    2. Sleeping more than 9 hours per night on a regular basis may be appropriate for young adults, individuals recovering from sleep debt, and individuals with illnesses. For others, it is uncertain whether sleeping more than 9 hours per night is associated with health risk.
    3. People concerned they are sleeping too little or too much should consult their healthcare provider.

Sweet Dreams! God Bless!

- Yatin J. Patel

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