How much sleep one actually needs, is determined by a person’s optimal functionality through the day. So we can say that recommended sleep hours can depend on 3 factors, age sex, and work schedule. Sleep requirement may vary from individual to individual. A great way to keep track of your sleep quota, being less or sufficient is to observe how you feel throughout the day. If enough, you will feel healthy and energetic until regular bedtime.
However apart from the hours of sleep the quality of sleep is also much to be accounted for. Getting a mattress that will lure you to get into bed each night could also aid quality of sleep.
So if during the day you still feel down and out, it is a sign that even though you are giving yourself 7 to 8 hours of sleep, you are still not well rested and you need to do something about it before it is too late.
Children in their growing up stage i.e. from 1 year to 5 years are most active. Most of the time, getting them to settle down in one place is quite a task. Jumping around freely all day, makes them exhaust a whole lot of energy. By the time it is bedtime, they could feel pretty drained. In a state of deep sleep, the body repairs itself rejuvenating the little monsters, building up all the energy once again for the entire day ahead. If not 15, at least 11 to 13 hours of snuggled up sleep is much recommended for this age group.
It is quite a misconception that sleep hours decrease as we grow older. To function to their maximum capacity, healthy adults should get at least 8 to 9 hours of undisturbed sleep. Children in their teens would need at least 9 10 hours of sleep. Newborn babies need at least 14 to 18 hours of sleep.
Older adults usually have trouble sleeping at night. Getting up in between to visit the toilet or have a sip of water may occur quite often. Though 9 hours of sleep is recommended for them also, if they are unable to complete the same, naps during the day time are a great way to cover for lost, sleep time.
A good- night’s sleep can help older adults concentrate better and enhance memory formation. Old age makes adults more disease prone as their immune system is not as strong as it used to be. Completing their quota of sleep can help repair cell damage that may have occurred during the day.
A new found study has shown that women have higher risk of heart disease as compared to men. This is because women are more prone to sleep disorders. They must get 6 to 8 hours of quality sleep each night to be able to perform everyday life functions with vigor and vitality.
A vital indicator for one’s overall health being in perfect condition is getting a ‘good-night’s sleep’. Most of us are so used to chugging a big mug of coffee or energy drinks available and these including alarm clocks are stimulants that come in the way of the natural sleep or wake pattern.
Losing out on precious sleep can lead to a number of chronic ailments like, fatigue and lethargy, irritability, concentration issues, inability to cope with stress, weight gain, increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and other health issues. Lack of sufficient sleep, also causes impaired motor skills that could lead to fatal accidents. Sleep deficiency is also a major cause for loss of creativity.
These mentioned issues may not be so bad in the beginning and but get worse with each passing year. One may think that sleeping, thorough every second of the weekend will help recover the loss of sleep.
However this is not true, maybe Monday morning will be filled with energy but there is bound to be drop in energy level, by mid-week and once again the feeling of lethargy is back to haunt you. Most of us feel drooping eyes in the middle of a boring discussion is normal. You feel just because your mind does not like a particular topic of discussion, it has shut down. But that’s not true. This happens when you are sleep deprived. Your mind is capable of grasping almost anything and everything. All you have to do is Sleep Well and see what all it can do for you!
Changing and setting up a proper sleep schedule, getting the perfect mattress as per your need to make you most comfortable, putting sleep on the top of your priority list and making sure you follow the routine could help you in numerous ways .
Sleep is necessity, not a luxury. Get back to your nest when your body calls for it and ensure a happy, healthy, stress free life.