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The National Sleep Foundation recommends that school-aged children (6-13 years) sleep nine to 11 hours per night, teenagers (14-17 years) sleep eight to 10 hours per night, and adults (18-64 years) sleep seven to nine hours per night, which is far more than what is currently observed in the United States and other parts of the world.Findings from the sleep in America Poll (2015) suggest that one in three Americans sleeps less than the recommended time to function optimally, and adults in England (56 percent of women and 49 percent of men) lack sufficient sleep according to the "Great British Sleep Survey" (2012). However, there remains a dearth in studies and a lack of consensus on how sleep affects appetite in the young age group.In addition to adopting regular sleeping and waking times, preparing the bedroom environment for sleep is elemental; controlling the bedroom temperature, ridding it of electronics and using dim lights could be useful sleep hygiene measures that will help promote a good night's sleep.In her paper titled "Sleep, circadian rhythm and body weight: parallel developments," Dr. M.S. Westerterp-Plantenga from Maastricht University in the Netherlands explains how a misalignment between sleep, meal intake and physical activity creates metabolic disruptions in the human body and leads to disease. Having a good night's sleep is underrated in the "obesogenic" world we live in.
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