The national sleep foundation conducted a research which found how much sleep you need according to your age.
Sleeping is necessary for our health and the proper development our body. Therefore, we all need to have our proper rest in order to maintain good health, mental clarity and to have enough energy during the day.
Lack of sleep
People who have a lack of sleep can suffer from many side effects some of which are: difficulties to concentrate and make rational decisions, lack of appetite, weakening of the immune system etc.
Furthermore, studies have shown that if you sleep less than 5 hours it is very likely to develop health problems with the heart. People who sleep less than 5 hours increase the risk of developing Diabetes and obesity.
The recommended sleeping hours
Charles Czeisler a professor at Harvard University, conducted a research to determine how much sleep a person needs according to their age. So to get the results there were numerous studies between 2004 and 2014.
According to the different stages of life, the need of sleep varies.
– Newborn (0 to 3 months): 14 to 17 hours.
– Babies (4 to 11 months): 12 to 15 hours.
– Children (1-2 years): 11 to 14 hours.
– Preschool (3-5 years): 10 to 13 hours.
– School age (6-13 years): 9 to 11 hours.
– Teens (14 to 17) : 8 to 10 hours.
– Youth (18-25 years): 7 to 9 hours.
– Adults (26-64 years): 7 to 9 hours.
– Seniors (over 65 years): 7 to 8 hours.
This numbers can vary depending on the individual.
These are the main reasons for sleep problems:
There can be numerous reasons for having a sleep disorder, but the most common are Stress and Technology.
Stress: The stress hormone who is called Cortisol is the reason for the stress we feel. When the cortisol levels are high it impacts our sleep as many other segments of our life.
Technology: When is time to sleep our brain automatically sends us signals, in other words, it releases melatonin. Because of the light emitting excessive technological devices the brain can not emit this hormone and it significantly impacts our sleep habits.
Source: The Healthy Food