Past, present, and future: trends in sleep duration and implications for public health

Sleep Health. 2017 Oct;3(5):317-323. doi: 10.1016/j.sleh.2017.07.006. Epub 2017 Aug 26.


Sleep is important for the physical, social and mental well-being of both children and adults. Over the years, there has been a general presumption that sleep will inevitably decline with the increase in technology and a busy 24-hour modern lifestyle. This narrative review discusses the empirical evidence for secular trends in sleep duration and the implications of these trends.

Keywords: Adults; Children; Health; Sleep; Trends.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Empirical Research
  • Humans
  • Public Health*
  • Sleep*
  • Time Factors