All You Should Know About Healthy Sleep In 2023?

In today’s fast-paced world,  a good’ night sleep has become something of an indulgence. It’s fallen down our list of priorities behind work, chores, social time, and entertainment.

However, sleep shouldn’t be a luxury. It’s as important to your physical and mental health as food and water. The body’s need for sleep is a relatively new research field. Scientists are looking into what happens to the body during sleep and why the process itself is so essential. We do know that sleep is necessary to:

  • maintain critical body functions
  • restore energy
  • repair muscle tissue
  • allow the brain to process new information

We also know what happens when the body doesn’t get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation  can cause a range of mental and physical problems, including impairing your ability to:

  • think clearly
  • focus
  • react
  • control emotions

This can result in serious problems in the workplace and at home.

Chronic sleep deprivation has been shown to increase the risk for serious health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. It can also affect your immune system, reducing your body’s ability to fight off infections and disease. Our sleep habits — and sleep needs — change as we age.

According to recommendations from the National Sleep Foundation, you should aim to get the amounts of sleep listed below:

AgeSleep recommendations
65 and up7 to 8 hours
18 to 64 years old7 to 9 hours
14 to 17 years old8 to 10 hours
6 to 13 years old9 to 11 hours

Younger children  have even greater sleep needs. Many kids will reach their sleep goals with the help of naps.

AgeSleep recommendations
3 to 5 years old10 to 13 hours
1 to 2 years old11 to 14 hours
4 to 11 months old12 to 15 hours
0 to 3 months old14 to 17 hours

Certain factors influence how much sleep you’ll need. Genetics can determine how long you sleep. Your genes can also play a role in how well you respond to sleep deprivation.

Likewise, the quality of sleep you get when you’re catching Zzz’s is a factor in how much sleep you ultimately need each night. People who get good quality sleep without waking up may need a little less sleep than people who frequently wake up or have trouble staying asleep. Each person has unique sleep needs.

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