"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February
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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?