How much sleep should you have each night?

Scientists in Philadelphia have discovered a gene that dictates how much sleep we need, and say some of us are just programmed to need less sleep than others.

Renata Pellegrino, who led the research, told 5 live "Originally we believed mammals and humans should sleep for 8 hours to have a complete rest, but some individuals are comfortable with less than 6 hours a night".

This clip is from 5 live's Commonwealth Breakfast, 3 August 2014.

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