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There is growing evidence that sleep durations are progressively declining in the United States. Moreover, sleep durations are different at different ages and in different ethnic groups. Currently definitions of normal are based on consensus since there is a lack of key data. Defining normal as with FEV1 is a critical step.

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Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? : Critical Challenge (CC)

Details on the impact of addressing this CQ or CC :

There is a developing evidence from both basic research and clinical research on the role of insufficient sleep in different co-morbidities. These include cardiovascular disease, hypertension and metabolic disorders. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has appreciated the importance of this that adequate sleep is one of the pillars of health. As part of the CDC-supported program on sleep health, a consensus statement has been issued on normal sleep duration. The group doing this on behalf of the American Academic of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society realized that our evidence base is inadequate at this time. Thus, there is a need to focus on this critical challenge. Sleep duration varies across the lifespan and there is some evidence that it is different in different ethnic groups. Thus, there is a need for comprehensive efforts to address this question and to obtain normative data for sleep duration that is age-, gender-specific and with respect to different ethnic groups.

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

There are now recent cohorts at NIH assessing sleep duration using not only self-report but also actigraphy. These could be used as an initial approach to address this question. This will require some degree of coordination between NIH Institutes. In the future a cohort that is specific to addressing questions about sleep duration and other sleep problems would be optimal. There are major prevalent public health issues. This would be facilitated by development of new mobile approaches to assessing these behaviors in an objective way.

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