Joint Consensus Statement of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society on the Recommended Amount of Sleep for a Healthy Adult: Methodology and Discussion

Sleep. 2015 Aug 1;38(8):1161-83. doi: 10.5665/sleep.4886.


The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society recently released a Consensus Statement regarding the recommended amount of sleep to promote optimal health in adults. This paper describes the methodology, background literature, voting process, and voting results for the consensus statement. In addition, we address important assumptions and challenges encountered during the consensus process. Finally, we outline future directions that will advance our understanding of sleep need and place sleep duration in the broader context of sleep health.

Keywords: adult; consensus; health; recommendation; sleep duration.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Academies and Institutes*
  • Adult
  • Consensus*
  • Health*
  • Humans
  • Research / trends
  • Sleep / physiology*
  • Sleep Medicine Specialty*
  • Societies, Scientific*
  • United States