How much sleep do we really need???

Sleep is an essential part of our life. Like eating food and drinking water is necessary for survival, in the same way good sleep is also important for survival or healthy life. When we get enough good sleep we feel fresh and geared up with lot of energy

Sleeping is a basic human need. When we don’t get enough sleep in routine we fall sick and can face various health issues mentally as well as physically. Sleeping at the wrong time or having poor quality sleep will make us  tired during the day. Not getting enough sleep causes sleep deficiency which can further lead to health issues.

Sleep deficiency can leads to following:

  • Distraction – When we are sleepy we might feel trouble in learning something. We are not able to focus on our work and also we didn’t react on something important.
  • Accidents – Accidents happens because of short sleep as we feels dizzy and loose concentration while driving.
  • Obesity – As per research, sleep deprivation leads to obesity.

Why is sleep so important?

Sleep is important for mind and body for its proper functioning. According to the national sleep foundation about 4 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. Sleep helps brain to pass new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. When person did not get full sleep he/she may feel miffed or irritated whole day without any reason. Sleep disorders also have bad effect on immune system of body.

Students with sufficient sleep have been known to perform better in school as compared to their sleep deprived mates. During sleep our body repairs the damaged caused by stress or other muscle injuries and other traumas.

Here we are representing  table of sleeping hours for different stages of life –

Category Age Sleep Needs
New born 0-3 months 14-17 hours
Infants 4-11 months 12-15 hours
Toodlers 1-2 years 11-14 hours
Pre Schoolers 3-5 years 10-13 hours
School Age Children 6-13 years 9-11 hours
Teenagers 14-17 years 9-11 hours
Younger Adults 18-25 years 7-9 hours
Adults 26-64 years 7-9 hours
Older Adults 65+ years 7-8 hours

We must follow this chart to get good sleep.

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