How Much Sleep Do You Need?

How Much Sleep Do You Need?

The National Sleep Foundation says that most healthy adults need seven to eight hours of sleep each night. However, basal sleep needs vary quite a bit between individuals.

WebMD says that most healthy adults need between 7.5 and 8 hours of sleep each night. It is possible that more sleep may be ideal. Surveys of adults in the 1960s and 1970s report that the average adult was sleeping 8 to 8.5 hours a night.

The National Sleep Foundation says that too-short sleep durations are linked to a number of poor health outcomes, such as increased risk of obesity, diabetes, depression and car crashes. Sleep-deprived individuals have trouble paying attention, remembering new information and staying alert.