We are getting old day by day. Time flies fast and that’s why live every day in full speed and attain more in our lives. We are not able to do that without getting some sleep.Sleeping is very important for every vital function of your body and mind.The amount and quality of sleep we get determine how well we will do through the day and how productive we will be.
It’s important for your body, your mind and every vital function in your body. If we sleep more, we can be more productive and we can finish our everyday tasks without any problems.
More than a third of the population is not getting enough sleep. It’s not healthy to be drained and fatigued throughout the day, craving caffeinated beverages and sugar rushes, but it’s certainly way too common. Unfortunately, fatigue has been accepted as a part of western life.
According to the National Institutes of Health, untreated sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, heart disease, stroke, depression, diabetes and other chronic diseases.
The Institute of Medicine made a report and called it Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem, in which is said that hundreds of billions of dollars are spent a year on medical costs related to sleep disorders.
Sleep disorders have a negative effect on work productivity, behavior and relationships. Furthermore, drowsy driving claims more than 1,500 lives and causes at least 100,000 motor vehicle crashes each year. Sleep deprivation is a deadly problem in America but it keeps getting swept under the rug.
And here comes the million-dollar question – how many hours do you have to sleep, according to your age?
Before we answer that for you, you should know that sometimes it’s different for everyone – take this for example, someone sleeps just 4 hours and still can finish his everyday tasks through the day successfully.
A recent study has found that a person needs just 6 hours of sleep to function 110%.
How much do you sleep?
This is an infographic that has been revealed by the National Institute of Sleep. It shows how much sleep do we really need. Remember that this is the total sleep you get during a 24-hour period. If you took a 30-minute nap, that counts, too!
The infographic bellow was presented by the National Institute of Sleep. This infographic will show you how much sleep do you really need.
The most common symptoms in sleep deficient people:
– Not as productive during the day
– Overweight or gaining weight
– Caffeine is needed to live through the day
– Sleepy when driving
Here is another question, how to prepare yourself for a good night’s sleep? The best thing is to read a book before going to bed. That is what you need. Other things that you can do are:
– Develop a healthy bedtime routine
– Stay within your schedule
– Exercise every day
– Get a nice mattress and a pillow that suits you
– Don’t drink coffee or alcohol before bedtime
– Don’t watch TV 1 hour before going to sleep