Sleep is when your body shuts off and repairs itself
It gets you ready for the day ahead and too much or too little is bad for your health.
Without enough sleep your body just cannot function. And while a lot of people think you can catch up missed sleep the fact is you can’t.
This is because your body goes through phases when you sleep.
The last phase is something called deep sleep or REM sleep. This is when you dream and it’s also when your body repairs itself.
And sleeping too little means you miss out on this essential sleep phase.
It’s also why you wake up feeling tired, depressed and anxious.
Not getting enough deep sleep hurts your ability to be creative, motivate yourself, make decisions, solve problems and cope with stress.
(PS: It can make you look older.)
It’s also bad for your health. Sleep deprivation can lead to heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure plus it also affects your waistline.
Lack of sleep changes the way your body process glucose and can cause insulin resistance and pre-diabetes.
But how much sleep do you need?
According to a study by the national sleep institute…
- A new born needs 14-17 hours.
- Children 1 to 5 need 11-14 hours.
- Children 6 to 9 needs 11 hours.
- Teenagers need 8-10 hours.
- Adults from 18 to 25 needs 7-9 hours.
- And from 26 to 64 you need 7-8 hours.
- And 65 + only need 6.
As you can see, the older you are, the less you need to sleep.
But the amount of hours you need to sleep, also depends on the quality of that sleep. And the better you sleep the less you need.
But what should you do if you’re not getting enough sleep?
Sleeplessness can be caused by problems like job related stress or major life events like divorce, death.
It can also be caused by health problems like sleep apnoea.
So start by seeing a Doctor.
Also keep a sleep diary.
This will give you an idea of how much you’re actually sleeping, and can help the doctor diagnose any problems.
If it’s not a health problem, you can improve your sleep by sticking to a sleep schedule, exercising regularly and avoiding caffeine, alcohol and sugar before bedtime.
Also deal with stress and worry before you go to bed.
Last but not least, check out the link to know that what is the ideal things that your children need in their rooms. It might help to let your kids have a good environment to live in.