The National Sleep Foundation’s 2008 Sleep in America poll reports the average American spends 6 hours and 55 minutes in bed — with 6 hours and 40 minutes spent actually sleeping.
The standard 8-hour business day is no longer the norm in America. NSF’s 2008 Sleep in America poll reports the average American’s work day is now 9 hours and 28 minutes. The average time spent in bed is 6 hours and 55 minutes - with 6 hours and 40 minutes spent actually sleeping. NSF recommends getting at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night.
According to the Sleep Foundation poll results, 42 percent of people chose 7-8 hours, 31 percent chose 8-9 hours, 14 percent chose more than 9 hours, 10 percent chose 5-6 hours and 3 percent chose less than 5 hours. The first thing experts will tell you about sleep is that there is no "magic number." Not only do different age groups need different amounts of sleep, but sleep needs are also individual.
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