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Health - Wellness
Here's The Age Americans Get The Least Amount Of Sleep
The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get seven to nine hours of sleep per night to prevent health complications including weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and depression. However, your sleep cycles change throughout your life, and there's a common age during which people tend to get the least amount of rest.
A study published in Scientific Reports found that sleep duration starts to decrease around age 10, reaches its lowest point around age 40, and starts to increase again around age 50. The study also noted the difference between sleep duration and sleep efficiency, which is how much time is spent sleeping compared to how much time you dedicate to sleep.
While Americans around age 40 get the least amount of sleep, their sleep efficiency stabilizes around this time and continues to be stable until about age 60. The same study also found that Americans go to bed the latest at around age 20, and women tend to have longer sleep durations than men on average.