Adults should be getting 7 or more hours of sleep per night on a regular basis to promote optimal health. Getting less than 7 hours of sleep each night can be harming your health. Health problems linked to insufficient sleep include:
- weight gain and obesity
- high blood pressure
- heart disease
- impaired immune system
- increased risk of death
Sleeping less than 7 hours per night also can impair your performance. You have an increased risk of errors and accidents when you do not get enough sleep each night. So get to bed early and if you have problems sleeping, talk to your doctor.
Resources for Professionals
The National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project provides healthcare professionals resources to promote healthy sleep and screen for sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). We encourage local and state sleep societies to use these education resources. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , the project is led by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine in collaboration with the Sleep Research Society and other partners.