Adults and children dream of more sleep

One in four adults and one in three schoolchildren feel that they are not getting enough sleep every night, according to research conducted by the University of Athens ahead of World Day of Sleep today. «We spend 20 percent less time sleeping now than 100 years ago,» said psychiatry professor and head of the Greek Association of Sleep Research Costas Soldatos. «The basic reasons for this are the modern way of life and the long and unsuitable hours we spend working or having fun.» A study of some 700 high school children from Athens found that on average they were sleeping less than 7.5 hours each night, which is one hour less than doctors recommend. Soldatos said adults should sleep no less than five hours per day and not more than nine hours.