Americans currently average 6.8 hours of sleep at night, down more than an hour from 1942, according to a recent Gallup poll. Americans aged 65 and older report getting the most sleep, with 67% getting 7 or more hours per night. Each younger age group gets less sleep, down to 54% of 18- to 29-year-olds who report getting 7 or more hours, according to Gallup. Nearly half of 18- to 29-year-olds get less than the recommended amount of sleep.