Experts emphasize importance of sleep on World Sleep Day

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Friday, March 14th has been declared “World Sleep Day”.

Experts are hoping you open your eyes to see how much shut-eye you may be missing. You’ve heard the standard advice, adults should aim for eight hours of sleep a night. But the National Sleep Foundation found that 73% of Americans sleep, on average, 6 hours and 51 minutes, which isn’t enough.

The World Association of Sleep Medicine says sleep increases our mental sharpness, productivity, emotional balance, and health, including weight. Experts say you need to focus on length and depth of sleep. For every one hour of sleep a person loses, they need one day to recover.

Copyright 2014 WIAT-CBS42

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