The National Sleep Foundation has published the recommended sleeping times of people according to their age according to some recent research. We must also have a proper rest overnight in order to be completely healthy. Aim to sleep 7-8 hours every night for proper energy levels, good mental clarity and good health. Unfortunately, sleeping is becoming a problem because of the hectic and busy lifestyles.
You’ll be extremely tired and you’ll develop insomnia if you aren’t sleeping well. Sleeping problems can actually be related to numerous health problems. Less than 5 hours of sleep overnight can affect your heart health. The risk of weight gain, obesity and diabetes is increased if you sleep less than 7 hours. If you want to prevent these problems and stay healthy you must take sufficient rest overnight.
Here are the new guidelines for recommended sleeping hours:
It was managed to find the recommended sleeping hours, according to a professor named Charles Czeisler form the Harvard University and his study conducted with other scientists in 2004. 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. By following these guidelines, the scientists managed to reduce the risk of several health problems significantly showed the results in the study.
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. Our body produces too much cortisol during stressful situation. 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.