There are consequences of insufficient sleep, explains Harvard Health Blog, as it tackles the question of how many hours of sleep is the right amount.

Because both acute and chronic insufficient sleep are bad for health, the CDC’s Healthy People 2020 campaign includes a goal to reduce sleep deficiency. However, the goal doesn’t specify exactly how much sleep is needed. To remedy this omission, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society, the two leading professional organizations in the fields of sleep medicine and research, released a joint consensus statement.