DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH SLEEP DO YOU NEED ?

December 06, 2017

DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH SLEEP DO YOU NEED ?

Whether you are trying to meet the demands of your busy schedule or you are unable to sleep at night, getting by on less sleep may seem like the only answer. This sleeplessness is really harmful to your health. This minimal sleep at night can lead to number of health issues like stress, mental weakness, energy loss in the body, and uneven mood. Continuation of this routine can result in mental illness and physical health problems. You should understand your sleep disorderliness and try to overcome this by getting enough sleep to have a strong body and mind. 

                

People try to sleep but a lot of tasks still revolving around their minds due to which they can't have sound and healthy sleep. To further complicate matters, stimulants like coffee and energy drinks, alarm clocks, and external lights (including those from electronic devices) interferes with our "circadian rhythm" or natural sleep/wake cycle.

Myths And Facts:
People have different myths about their sleeping cycle but they are unaware of the original facts. Following are the myths which people have but you should make yourself aware to have peaceful mind to perform daily challenges.

Myth: Getting just one hour less sleep per night won’t affect your daytime functioning.

Fact: You may not be noticeably sleepy during the day, but losing even one hour of sleep can affect your ability to think properly and respond quickly. It also compromises your cardiovascular health, energy balance, and ability to fight infections.

Myth: Your body adjusts quickly to different sleep schedules.

Fact: Most people can reset their biological clock, but only by appropriately timed cues—and even then, by one or two hours per day at best. Consequently, it can take more than a week to adjust after traveling across several time zones or switching to the night shift.

                    

Myth: Extra sleep at night can cure you of problems with excessive daytime fatigue.

Fact: The quantity of sleep you get is important, sure, but it's the quality of your sleep that you really have to pay attention to. Some people sleep eight or nine hours a night but don’t feel well rested when they wake up because the quality of their sleep is poor.

Myth: You can make up for lost sleep during the week by sleeping more on the weekends.

Fact: Although this sleeping pattern will help relieve part of a sleep debt, it will not completely make up for the lack of sleep. Furthermore, sleeping later on the weekends can affect your sleep-wake cycle so that it is much harder to go to sleep at the right time on Sunday nights and get up early on Monday mornings.

                    

Sleep Requirements According To Age:
People of different ages have different sleep requirements. From newborns to 70 years aged uncle, all have different sleep cycle and schedule. Following are the sleep ranges for different ages.

Newborns (0-3 months):      4-17 hours each day 
Infants (4-11 months):          12-15 hours 
Toddlers (1-2 years):            11-14 hours 
Preschoolers (3-5):               10-13 hours 
School age children (6-13):  9-11 hours 
Teenagers (14-17):                 8-10 hours
Younger adults (18-25):         7-9 hours
Adults (26-64):                        7-9 hours
Older adults (65+):                 7-8 hours