Here Are The Recommended Sleep Times According to the National Sleep Foundation!!!
According to some recent research, the National Sleep Foundation has published the recommended sleeping times of people according to their age. In order to be completely healthy, we must also have a proper rest overnight.
For proper energy levels, good mental clarity and good health, aim to sleep 7-8 hours every night. Unfortunately, the hectic and busy lifestyles don’t allow us to sleep that much, so sleeping is becoming a problem. However, most people don’t sleep that much nowadays thanks to their hectic schedule, which is quickly turning into a bigger problem.
If you aren’t sleeping well, you’ll be extremely tired and you’ll develop insomnia. Sleeping problems can actually be related to numerous health problems. Less than 5 hours of sleep overnight can affect your heart health. Less than 7 hours increases the risk of weight gain, obesity and diabetes. You must take sufficient rest overnight if you want to prevent these problems and stay healthy.
Here are the new guidelines for recommended sleeping hours:
According to a professor named Charles Czeisler form the Harvard University and his study conducted with other scientists in 2004, they managed to find the recommended sleeping hours. The study was conducted for 10 years (2004-2014). They tried to find how much rest is sufficient for proper health and here are their results:
Newborn: (0-3 months): 14 to 17 hours
Babies ( 4 to 11 months): 12 to 15 hours
Children (1-2 years): 11 to 13 hours
Preschool (3-5 years): 10 to 13 hours
School Age (6-13 years): 9 to 11 hours
Teens (14 to 17 years): 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
These hours are approximate and vary from person to person. The results in the study showed that by following these guidelines, the scientists managed to reduce the risk of several health problems significantly.
Stress and technology are the main reasons of sleeping disorders, which shouldn’t shock us considering the amount of hours we spend on our electronic devices every day. The light these devices emit prevents the brain from producing the required amounts of melatonin and keeps it awake. That makes us unable to sleep.
Numerous sleeping disorders have stress as the main factor. During stressful situation, our body produces too much cortisol. Then our body is in a fight or flight mode and leaves us unable to fall asleep.
Follow these guidelines and you’ll manage to stay energetic during the day! Limit your daily use of smartphones and tablets! Make sure you also decrease your levels of stress and soon, you’ll start sleeping properly.