"The April rain, the April rain,
Comes slanting down in fitful showers,
Then from the furrow shoots the grain,
And banks are fledged with nestling flowers;
And in grey shawl and woodland bowers
The cuckoo through the April rain
Calls once again."
Mathilde Blind, April Rain
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The 18 US experts sifted through 320 research articles to come up with the latest recommendations. The articles were whittled down from an original 2,412, so I wonder how many managed to keep awake to read them all.
It seems too much and too little sleep is associated with much the same problems of an increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. The new guidelines even comes up with what might be appropriate for different ages. Children aged six to nine need nine to 11 hours a night, but can get by on seven to eight. Teenagers need eight to 10 hours. Seven hours may be OK for some, but more than 11 hours a day may be detrimental to their health.
I'm not all that sure this massive report tells us anything we didn't already know. But do you get enough sleep? How much do you think you need?