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What is the minimal amount of sleep the average person needs to function?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
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In brief: Usually 8 hrs

You have an internal body clock that knows how much sleep you need.
For most adults it is 8 hours. Studies show that the average adult gets 6-61/2 hrs at most and sleep deprivation is a problem and adds together . If you do not get enough sleep routinely over time studies show a definable relation to function in jobs and relationships. If not sleeping, seek help.

In brief: Usually 8 hrs

You have an internal body clock that knows how much sleep you need.
For most adults it is 8 hours. Studies show that the average adult gets 6-61/2 hrs at most and sleep deprivation is a problem and adds together . If you do not get enough sleep routinely over time studies show a definable relation to function in jobs and relationships. If not sleeping, seek help.
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