Researchers in Finland believe they
have discovered the perfect amount of sleep required to function
effectively at work and keep illness at bay.

The study which was published in the
September issue of the journal, Sleep, took sleep data from
approximately 4,000 men and women. The researchers cross-referenced
work absence as a result of illness against sleep disturbances to
calculate the 'optimal sleep duration.' It was found that 7.6 hours
was the optimum amount of sleep for women, whereas men needed 7.8

Individuals who managed to get the
ideal of amount sleep were much less likely to have sick days, with
woman taking on average 7 days a year off work and men taking just
6 days. Another interesting fact that arose from the survey was
that men, unlike their female counterparts, were much more likely
to take a sleeping aid to make sure they get a good night's