Dakota Johnson doesn't “demand” 14 hours of sleep a night

Dakota Johnson in November 2023.
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  • Dakota Johnson explained her sleeping habits on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
  • Johnson sparked controversy last year after she said she could sleep for 14 hours straight.
  • Johnson told Fallon she's not “demanding” 14 hours every night.

Dakota Johnson is clarifying comments she made last month about her sleeping habits.

Johnson said The Wall Street Journal In December, she said she could “easily” sleep 14 hours a night, sparking debate about the optimal amount of sleep people should get each night.

Speaking about the social media reaction to her Monday night appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Johnson said: “I said I could easily sleep 14 hours, but I'm not asking for it.”

“I'm not a monster,” she added. “Why is sleep so bad? Like why? Leave me alone. I'm just sleeping.”

Johnson added that she can sleep for long hours without taking tranquilizers.

“If I take Ambien, I think I'll wake up next year,” she said.

Johnson told the newspaper last month that she could not work during the day unless she slept for at least 10 hours.

“Sleep is my first priority in life,” the Madame Web star said.

Reaction to Johnson's comments was divided.

Some users on X, formerly known as Twitter, has been praised by health experts for speaking out about the importance of sleep. Other users considered it “lazy“.

the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine The JCSM recommends adults ages 18 to 60 get seven to nine hours of sleep each night.

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Some experts say that excess sleep can be unhealthy.

according to John Hopkins MedicineExcess sleep can lead to many health problems, such as type 2 diabetes, depression, and obesity.

However, sleep scientist Roy Reiman told Business Insider in 2021 that excess sleep varies from person to person.

“If you're sleeping more than nine hours a day, several days a week, and you still feel tired during the day, you may be sleeping too much,” he said.

Reiman also said it's difficult for researchers to determine whether excess sleep causes medical conditions or results from underlying diseases.

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