How long one should sleep and why is it so important?
After many hours of being awake, our bodies always need time to recover and recuperate. Depriving sleep is equivalent to neglecting our body’s needs which should always be prioritized to avoid serious problems like illnesses. The question is: how long one should sleep and why is it so important? Does the environment affect our sleeping habits? Does sleeping time matters?
The time requirement for sleeping differs according to a person’s age.
- Newborns to 2 months old sleeps most of the time and should have around 12-18 hours of sleep.
- 3 months to 1 year old are required to have 14-15 hours of sleep.
- 1 to 3 year olds should have 12-14 hours.
- 3 to 5 year olds should have 11-13 hours.
- 5 to 13 year olds should sleep 10-11 hours.
- 12-18 year olds should have 8.5-10 hours of sleep.
- 18 and above are required to sleep for 7.5-9 hours a day.
It is important for everyone to have enough sleep everyday. This is for you to be able function normally and to avoid feeling sluggish, weak or restless. There are various effect in ones system of being sleep deprived. Some of which are fatigue, irritability, reduced immunity, lack of concentration, weight gain and increased risk of getting diabetes, heart disease and other body system complications. Avoiding sleep deprivation is a must so you do not have to suffer the consequences.
Enough sleep everyday is important for you to be able function normally and to avoid feeling sluggish, weak or restless.
As for the environment, your sleep may be affected depending on your external factors, examples are your daily diet, the medications you take and if your bedroom is comfortable for you to sleep in. Whether you prefer sleeping with the lights on or not, light influences our sleep since the retina in our eyes has light sensitive cells that tells the brain if its daytime or nighttime. Another factor can be your work schedule and if it constantly changes. Our body clock will not be able to cope and adjust accordingly. Jet setters will also have problems with sleep due to jetlag.
Consider the surroundings: if it’s noisy, it will definitely interfere in your sleep and will affect you in such a way that you won’t be able to relax. If you can make the necessary adjustments do so, so that you can develop a healthy and stable sleeping pattern.
Finally, your sleeping time depends on your lifestyle. There are those who are morning persons and there are night persons, depending on how you perform your daily activities. Regardless of your sleeping schedule or habit, the most important is always getting the right amount of sleep.
Now, snuggle up, relax and do your body a favor and go to sleep!