How much sleep do you really need?
Who doesn’t like to have a good night sleep but in today’s time, most of us are sleep –deprived. We blame technology for this because most of the time we are gazing our screen even before going to bed and it is running our health. The standard time for sleeping is said to be eight hours, but do we really need to have eight hours sleep? Read on to find out.
Just like food and air, sleep is also required for proper functioning of the body. But every human need different amount of sleep. Our age is one of the major factor which decide how much sleep we need.
# Newborns (0-3 months): Sleep range narrowed to 14-17 hours each day
# Infants (4-11 months): Sleep range widened two hours to 12-15 hours
# Toddlers (1-2 years): Sleep range widened by one hour to 11-14 hours
# Preschoolers (3-5 years): Sleep range widened by one hour to 10-13 hours
# School age children (6-13 years): Sleep range widened by one hour to 9-11 hours
# Teenagers (14-17 years): Sleep range widened by one hour to 8-10 hours
# Younger adults (18-25 years): Sleep range is 7-9 hours
# Adults (26-64 years): Sleep range is 7-9 hours
# Older adults (65+ years): Sleep range is 7-8 hours
During the first three months of pregnancy, a woman need more amount of sleep due to constant changes in the body.
If you are feeling sleep deprived for previous few day you will need to sleep more in the coming days. If you won’t take the fixed amount of sleep every day your body will compensate it by making you sleep.
Stick to a sleep schedule,even on weekends.
==> Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual.
Improve Your Sleep Today : Follow these simple Tricks
==> Exercise daily.
==> Use plants in your bedroom.
==> Make your bedroom sound and light proof.
==> Always use comfortable mattress and pillows.
==> Beware of alcohol and caffeine.
As people age, they tend to sleep less and for a shorter span of time. Though they require the same amount of sleep as adults. People above the age of 65 also suffer from insomnia and the frequency of deep sleep lessens with time. This can happen due to the aging process or some medical problem. Plants For Your Bedroom To Help You Sleep Better
If you are dozing off frequently during the day it means you didn't have an enough sleep. If it takes you 5 minutes to sleep after lying down on the bed it means you might have a sleep disorder or severe sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation is quite harmful. A study shows , when sleep deprived people were tested using driving simulator they performed badly than drunk people. Also if you are sleep deprived and drink alcohol on the top of that, then it can make you highly impaired.
Every year driver fatigue causes more than 1, 00,000 accidents and thousands of death. Therefore it is advised to avoid driving when you are feeling drowsy. Caffeine can’t help you when you are sleep deprived. The national sleep foundation suggests that if you are not able to keep your eyes focus and you don’t remember the last few miles of driving you need to stop driving as you are highly drowsy.
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