When you are juggling the demands of a hectic schedule, cutting back on sleep may seem like the only reasonable answer. Foregoing an hour or two of your precious snooze time can sound like a reasonable trade-off. However, even minimal sleep loss can take a toll on your energy, mood, stress-handling ability and mental sharpness. In the long run, continuing sleep loss can wreck your health.
Importance of Sleep
Your sleep quality directly affects your physical and mental health and the effectiveness of your waking life, including your emotional balance, productivity, immune system, vitality, heart and brain health, creativity, and your weight. No other activity brings this many benefits will so little effort! Sleep isn’t just a phase when your body shuts off. Although you are resting, your brain stays engaged, repairing your body and preparing it for the next day. Without sufficient restorative sleep hours, you will not be able to learn, work, communicate at your true potential, and create.
How Many Hours of Sleep Are Enough for Good Health
The amount of sleep you need will depend on a number of factors, particularly your age. Even though sleep requirements differ from one person to the next, you should consider the following general guidelines for various age groups.
Newborns: 14 to 17 hours daily
1-Year Olds: 4-hour naps and 10 hours of sleep at nighttime
2-Year Olds: 1 to 2 hour of afternoon naps, plus 11 to 12 hours of sleep at night
3 to 5-Year Olds: 10 to 13 hours of nighttime sleep
6 to 13-Year Olds: 9 to 11 hours of sleep
14 to 17-Year Olds: 8 to 10 hours
Adults: 7 to 9 hours
Besides age, the following factors can affect the number of sleep hours you really need. For instance:
Pregnancy: Bodily changes during early pregnancy can escalate the need for sleep
Sleep Quality: If your snooze time is interrupted frequently, you are not getting quality sleep. Remember that sleep quality is just as important as sleep quantity.
Prior Sleep Deprivation: When you are already sleep deprived, you will need to sleep more.