The U.S. CDC estimates that between 50 and 70 million Americans have a wakefulness or sleep disorder of some kind or another. There are health issues, like snoring, that obstruct sleep, but often times, we just don’t let ourselves get enough sleep.
The National Sleep Foundation recommend specific amounts of sleep based on age. Their recommendations are: Older adults, 65+ years: 7-8 hours Adults, 26-64 years: 7-9 hours Young adults, 18-25 years: 7-9 hours Teenagers, 14-17 years: 8-10 hours School-age children, 6-13 years: 9-11 hours Preschool children, 3-5 years: 10-13 hours Toddlers, 1-2 years: 11-14 hours Infants, 4-11 months: 12-15 hours Newborns, 0-3 months: 14-17 hours So what happens when we deprive ourselves of adequate sleep?
1. We age quicker.
One study found that poor sleep habits negatively impacts our skin health. Wrinkles, age spots, fine lines, and a lack of elasticity of the skin was observed.