March 14th Is World Sleep Day


UPDATED: Friday March 14, 2014 12:10 AM


Friday, March 14th is World Sleep Day.

Experts are hoping to educate people on how much shut-eye you're missing out on and what it means for your health.

Everyone has heard the standard advice: adults should aim for eight hours of sleep a night.

Last year, the National Sleep Foundation interviewed 1,000 people and found 73% got less than the standard eight hours. Most people said during they average work week, they slept an average of six hours and 51 minutes.

So what are we giving up with that sleep? The World Association of Sleep Medicine says sleep tends to increase our mental sharpness, productivity, emotional balance and health, including weight.

Experts say we need to focus on three elements of good quality sleep: length, continuity and how deep of a sleep we get.

A sleep expert in the L.A. Times said recently for every one hour of sleep you lose, you need one day to recover. So thinking you can pick up sleep later in the week may leave you more deprived than you think.

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