“I’ll sleep when I die,” is a ridiculous saying.
By Lisa Caprelli
Sleep is a vital indicator of overall health and well-being. You spend up to one-third of your life asleep.
It is interesting how many people avoid what your body naturally needs. I find it odd that someone would defy that and stay up late or drink in excess and then pay for it the next day. In order to be vibrant, full of life and have your brain working well, sleep is one of the easiest secret ingredients to looking young.
This is actually what happens to your body when you don’t get enough sleep:
I have always loved my sleep and can feel the difference when it is affected. Alcohol, wine, and caffeine can affect your sleep.
How much sleep is really needed?
The National Sleep Foundation conducted a world-class study on how much sleep you really need at each age. The panel agreed that, for healthy individuals with normal sleep, the appropriate sleep duration is as follows:
- For newborns is between 14 and 17 hours,
- Infants between 12 and 15 hours
- Toddlers between 11 and 14 hours
- Preschoolers between 10 and 13 hours, and
- School-aged children between 9 and 11 hours.
- For teenagers, 8 to 10 hours was considered appropriate
- For young adults and adults 7 to 9 hours
- For older adults 7 to 8 hours of sleep
Sufficient sleep duration requirements vary across the lifespan and from person to person. The recommendations reported here represent guidelines for healthy individuals and those not suffering from a sleep disorder. Sleep durations outside the recommended range may be appropriate, but deviating far from the normal range is rare.