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Thought you needed 8 hours of sleep? Researchers put common standard to bed

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Sleep

Every day, millions of Americans dream of getting more shut-eye.

However, many people are confused about how much sleep you really need.

Whether it’s folklore or science, eight hours seems to have been the magic number when it comes to recommended hours of sleep.

New studies suggest that might not be the case.

According to one study, less might be more.

In fact, seven hours is what you need for sweet dreams, according to researchers.

One study shows that brain function is at its highest after seven hours of sleep before starting to decline.

Another study finds that people who sleep between six and a half and seven and a half hours per night have a lower mortality rate than those with more or less sleep, which suggests that getting too much sleep may be bad for you too.