How much snooze do we really need? The National Sleep Foundation is making headlines this week with the release of new recommended sleep durations for specific age groups.
Published in Sleep Health: The Official Journal of the National Sleep Foundation, the recommendations came about with the help of anatomy and physiology, as well as sleep, neurology, gynecology, pediatrics and gerontology experts and professionals. Not only did the team alter previously recommendations for shut-eye, they created some new age groups as well.
“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,” further explained Charles A. Czeisler, PhD, MD, chairman of the board of the National Sleep Foundation.
The new recommendations are also more specific with three categories: recommended, may be appropriate and not recommended. The organization hopes this information will help millions of people around the world collect better shut-eye, while serving as a great starting point for discussions with their health care providers.