We all need a good night's sleep -- regularly -- to keep us on our physical, mental, and emotional game, but is it possible to get too much sleep?
It seems so. Too many ZZZs might actually shorten your life, according to some research. What counts as enough, but not too much, sleep? That's tricky, because sleep -- like underwear -- isn't a one-size-fits-all proposition. Your ideal sleep prescription depends somewhat on how much you're sleeping now, according to a study of more than 10,000 people. Here's the breakdown:
Goldilocks had it right. When it comes to sleep, you need to find what's right for you (probably between 7 and 8 hours). If you're having trouble sleeping at night or staying awake during the day, see a doc to determine if something other than your time with the sandman is the cause.
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