Knowing the importance of rest in overall health and development, experts provide their own recommendations on the duration of sleep.
The sleeping time has been recommended by the National Sleep Foundation according to our age, and how many hours we should sleep, so we feel enough energized during the day. This also affects the optimal health and mental clarity.
As we know, stress and modern technology are the main factors for these kind of problems. Stress stimulates the production of the “stress hormone”, the cortisol. Discomfort, sickness and restlessness in sleeping can be caused, if this hormone is in high level. Also, the modern technology light can delay the release of melatonin by our brain, which is a hormone produced in the dark.
Physical tiredness, difficulties on thinking clear, making decisions and concentrating, losing appetite, sleeping problems can be consequences of all this.
Prevent health issues by making sure that you sleep enough. The heart health can be affected if we sleep less than 5 hours, and diabetes, obesity and weight gaining can be affected if we sleep less than 7 hours.
The Guidelines for Sleeping According to Age
A research was conducted by a professor Charles Czeisler together with a team of experts, with studies from 2004 – 2014. This was done to find out the needed duration of sleep, and its effect on our health.
Below are the results of the research:
- 14- 17 hours of sleep need Newborns (0-3 months)
- 12-15 hours of sleep need Babies (4-11 months)
- 11- 14 hours of sleep need Children (1-2 years)
- 10-13 hours of sleep need Preschool (3-5 years)
- 9-11 hours of sleep need School Age (6-13 years)
- 8-10 hours of sleep need Teens (14-17 years)
- 7-9 hours of sleep need Youth (18-25 years)
- 7-9 hours of sleep need Adults (26-64 years)
- 7-8 hours of sleep need Senior (over 65 years)
This is an approximate guideline, however it is an individual matter. The most important thing is that lacking sleep can seriously affect your health.