Everyone needs sleep, it’s a crucial part of our maintenance. How much and well we rest, directly affects our mood, attitude and physical health. Every one will need different amounts of sleep depending on their stress, activity levels, and general health.
We can assign fairly reliable hours of sleep to different age groups. The older you get the less sleep you need as your body slows its growth.
Not getting enough sleep will affect your behavior, mental and physical health. People who don’t rest often enough are easily agitated, unfocused, and not productive. Without the energy sleep provides it will be harder for you to keep to a healthy diet.
It can be tempting to not really examine and force changes in your sleep schedule, relying on coffee, or energy drinks to help you power through your day. Excessive stimulants in your diet will compound any health issues from not resting.
There are stages of sleep that achieved through staying asleep for certain periods of time. Naps in the day are a great way to keep up your energy levels. Try to rest the full amount indicated below, according to your age.
Stages Of Sleep
REM – Dream Phase
When you wake up and remember your dreams in vivid detail, it may explain why you are always tired. If you aren’t really getting past this stage of rest often enough then your body isn’t getting into the more potent stages of healing.
This is considered to be the dozing stage of sleep and has a little restorative power. If you are only getting to this stage of sleep frequently then you are probably tired and unfocused often.
This is the middle stage of sleep and it has the restorative aid we need to function.
Slow wave deep sleep is the most helpful and restorative cycle of sleep we can get.
Insomnia is rampant everywhere. For more and more reasons we are not sleeping or getting quality sleep. If you are having regular problems getting rest, seek a medical advice.
There could be a simple solution to your problem or it could be an indication of an ailment you will need to treat.
Sleep requirements based on age:
- Newborns- 0-3 months -14-17 hours
- Infants- 4-11 months- 12-15 hours
- Toddlers- 1-2 years- 11-14 hours
- Preschool 3-5 years – 10-13 hours
- School-age children 6-12 years- 9-11 hours
- Teen- 13-17 years – 8-10 hours
- Young adults- 18-25 years- 7-9 hours
- Adults-26-64 years-7-9 hours
- Older adults 65+ -7-8 hours