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Sleep is a pretty major topic of discussion, which might be the only thing about it that’s true across the globe. One of the first things you tell your partner, roommate, or family in the morning is how well you slept (or didn’t sleep.) You might discuss the things that disrupted your sleep, or the change you made that helped you sleep deeper. In the U.S., we’re pretty used to substituting caffeine for sleep and choosing one more activity at the end of the night instead of one more hour of sleep. The latest bars and clubs close around 3 or 4 in the morning in this country, which plays a role in dictating our weekend sleeping habits (for the clubbers, and those trying to shut out the noise the clubbers are making). But sleep is different everywhere you go. Here are sleep habits from around the world.

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The recommended hours

Across the globe, doctors tend to recommend that you get between seven and nine hours of sleep at night. So I don’t care how powerful you are in your corner of the world—you’re not powerful enough to go on five hours of sleep.

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