There is extensive scientific research to back up our intuition that sleeping
well is important if you want to take care of your health. Take our sleep
quiz and remember, when it comes your health: you snooze, you don't
lose. (Answers at the bottom of the page).
1. According to the National Sleep Foundation, how many hours of sleep
should the average adult get each night?
a. 6 to 8
b. 7 to 8
c. 7 to 9
2. True or false: Babies who don't get a lot of sleep have a higher risk of childhood obesity.
3. If you want to cut your risk of catching a cold, how many hours of sleep
at a minimum should you average a night?
4. True or false: While sleeping more at night can reduce the chance of getting type 2 diabetes,
it doesn't affect your blood sugar.
5. Chronic poor sleep can contribute to an increased chance of which heart problem?
a. High blood pressure
b. Heart disease
c. Irregular heartbeat
d. All of the above
6. Sleep is important for teens because it plays a part in _____________
a. Study habits, muscle mass
b. Puberty, growth
c. All the above
7. What is microsleep?
a. A nap shorter than five minutes.
b. The period of time when insomniacs actually sleep during the night.
c. The short time when you fall asleep during the day.
1. Answer: C
2. Answer: True. A study in the
Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Journal found children ages newborn to 2 years who slept less than 12 hours a
day were likelier to be overweight during their preschool years than those
who slept more.
3. Answer: C. Studies have shown that getting less than seven hours of
sleep can put you at three times the risk for a cold compared to people
who sleep eight hours or more.
4. Answer: False. A study in
JAMA Internal Medicine stated that more--and better-quality--sleep can in fact help with glucose control.
5. Answer: D
6. Answer: C
7. Answer: C. Microsleep can be a sign of sleep deprivation. It can impair
daily functions, and microsleep can even be dangerous if it happens while driving.
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical
care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.