The Recommended Hours of Sleep (According To The National Sleep Foundation)
Many people in the world have sleeping problems. And we all know that feeling – you turn around all night, you stare at the ceiling, you think about your life, and the next thing you see is the sun coming out and you need to get up and go to work or school.
There are many different things that can cause insomnia, such as: stress, depression, anxiety, problems at work, etc. Some drugs and medications can also be a cause for insomnia, such as: heart medications, blood pressure medications, pain medications, antihistamines, etc. These medications can contribute to sleep problems. Some of these medications will make you drowsy at first, but they can also cause some stomach problems – which will force you to go to the bathroom a lot and disturb your sleep even more.
A good night sleep is very important for all of us. Even the experts WARN that lack of sleep can cause a slew of serious and life-threatening conditions, ranging from cancers to diabetes and heart problems. So, if you have any problems with it, you should change your sleeping habits or start using some homemade remedies that can help with your sleep.
And, the question remains – how many hours do you have to sleep, according to your age? According to the different stages of development, these are the recommended hours of sleep:
- Newborn (0 to 3 months): 14 to 17 hours.
- Babies (4 to 11 months): 12 to 15 hours.
- Children (1-2 years): 11 to 14 hours.
- Preschool (3-5 years): 10 to 13 hours.
- School age (6-13 years): 9 to 11 hours.
- Teens (14 to 17): 8 to 10 hours.
- Youth (18-25 years): 7 to 9 hours.
- Adults (26-64 years): 7 to 9 hours.
- Seniors (over 65 years): 7 to 8 hours.
Useful tips and tricks that can help you improve your sleep:
- Read a book
- Exercise every day
- Don’t watch TV 1 hour before going to sleep
- Avoid alcohol
- Don’t drink coffee before bedtime
- Develop a healthy bedtime routine
- Stay within your schedule
- Get a nice mattress and a pillow that suits you