If asked, most of us would agree that sleep is important for our health and well-being but, while population studies tells us that as adults we need between 7-9 hours every night, increasingly we are choosing to sleep much less than this. Since 1960 our average sleep time has decreased from 8.5 hours per night to 6.5 hours during the working week. So the question arises – has this change in sleeping patterns had any consequences?
Dr Carmel Harrington is an Australian sleep scientist and author of “The Sleep Diet”. For more information visit www.sleepforhealth.net.au.
We hope you enjoy her speaker paper from Happiness & Its Causes 2015.