- In an interview with The New York Times, 21 Democrats running in the 2020 presidential election revealed how much sleep they get at night.
- According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults ages 18-64 should be getting at least seven to nine hours of sleep to maintain good health.
- But according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “a third of US adults report they usually get less than the recommended amount of sleep.”
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In an interview with The New York Times, 21 Democrats running in the 2020 Election revealed how much sleep they get at night.
Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, and Kamala Harris said they don’t get “enough” sleep, and Steve Bullock, Pete Buttiegeg and Andrew Yang said the amount of sleep they get varies. Cory Booker said with the presidential campaign, he is getting “very little.”
A majority of the candidates admitted to only getting four to six hours of sleep.
But adults ages 18-64 should be getting at least seven to nine hours of sleep to maintain good health, according to the National Sleep Foundation. In older adults ages 65 and up, the foundation recommends seven to eight.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “a third of US adults report they usually get less than the recommended amount of sleep. Not getting enough sleep is linked with many chronic diseases and conditions – such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression – that threaten our nation’s health.”
The CDC offered tips for good sleep, including going to bed and getting up at the same time each day, keeping the bedroom quiet, dark and comfortable, and removing electronic devices from the bedroom.
For younger age groups, the recommended amount of sleep increases, with preschoolers ages three to five needing 10 to 13 hours of sleep, school age children ages six to 13 needing nine to 11 hours of sleep, and teenagers ages 14-17 needing eight to 10 hours, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
Newborns are recommended 14-17 hours of sleep, infants four to 11 months are recommended 12 to 15 hours of sleep, and toddlers ages one to two are recommended 11 to 14 hours of sleep.