National guidance on how much sleep people should have each night is set to be published by the Government.
As part of a plan to improve public health, it is expected to advise that less than seven hours’ sleep every night could be damaging.
The move resembles Government advice on safe alcohol consumption and on how much time children should spend in front of a screen.
The evidence on the relationship between sleep and health will be reviewed and recommendations made for people of different ages, according to The Times.
The newspaper quoted from a leaked draft of a public health green paper which it said is due to be published by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
It said much of the paper is focused on obesity and smoking, but that it also makes reference to sleep.