Boffins believe that sleep is just as important to a person’s health as food and water, and we agree. Getting the right amount of sleep can help prevent disease, boost immunity, and improve mental health. Still, it is estimated that one third of us are consistently not getting enough sleep.
Building a healthy sleep pattern may require slight changes in your schedule or lifestyle. While this can be inconvenient at first, the benefits of proper sleep are well worth it. Though there are general guidelines, some people need more sleep than others, due to their lifestyle, health conditions or genetics.
The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) recommend that people of different ages get the following amounts of sleep every 24 hours:
• newborns (0–3 months): 14–17 hours
• infants (4–11 months): 12–15 hours
• toddlers (1–2 years): 11–14 hours
• preschoolers (3–5 years): 10–13 hours
• school-age children (6–13 years): 9–11 hours
• teenagers (14–17 years): 8–10 hours
• adults (18–64 years): 7–9 hours
• older adults (65 years plus): 7–8 hours
So, for most if reading this we will be aiming to get 8 hours of shut eye each night. To work out what time you should go to bed, take into account that for most of us it will take up to 20 minutes to fall asleep and many like to have a similar amount of time when waking in the morning!
Oh, to be a newborn again sleeping those 14-17 hours a day….bliss!