(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Department of Health is urging residents to understand the importance of sleep and to ensure they spend enough time sleeping.
"The effects of sleep on the human body are both complex and amazing," TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner said. He added that the "amount and quality of sleep can be factors in getting or avoiding cancer and heart disease, cause weight gain leading to obesity, and contribute to joint inflammation and other physical problems."
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults get at least seven to eight hours of sleep per day. The CDC also advises that newborns get 16 to 18 hours of sleep per day, pre-school-aged children get 11 to 12 hours per day, school-aged children get at least 10 hours per day and teens get nine to 10 hours per day.
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