These days keeping fit and doing as much physical activity as one can seem to be all the rage, especially among the younger generations.
But one should keep in mind that staying active is not enough to maintain a perfectly healthy picture. After all, one’s mental health is just as, if not even more important than their physical one.
That’s why healthy habits such as yoga and meditation, as well as a properly balanced daily diet, play a crucial role in staying in tip-top shape.
And let us not forget one of the main components for maintaining one’s health: proper sleep. This includes both the number of hours you get each night plus your sleep routine in general.
Most people nowadays, once again, particularly the younger generation, are used to staying up late at night (or simply not going to bed at all!) and seem to forget just how important sleep is for their general well-being. Well, we’re here to remind you.
There is a fairly new study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, in which they researched just how many hours are enough for each age group to be at their best.
But before we show you the results of this study, let us focus on why sleep is so vital for us all.
Side Effects Which Stem From Lack of Sleep
Of course, starting with the obvious one: insufficient sleep leads to one feeling drained of energy the following morning. Which sort of defeats the purpose of going to bed the previous night in the first place, don’t you think?
You are also finding difficulty concentrating in the workplace. Lack of sleep can also lead to a decreased appetite and a foggy mind. One is also less likely to make the right decisions in this state.
But what’s worse, moving on to the scarier consequences. Sleeping for less than five hours each night can lead to serious health complications, among which diabetes, heart diseases, sleep disorders and obesity.
That’s why one should inform themselves about just how many hours of sleep they need based on their age group.
The Recommended Sleeping Hours
Harvard University’s professor Charles Czeisler, did a research where he discovered how much sleep each individual exactly needs, and divided it into different age groups.
It was a rather long study which lasted for a decade, starting in 2004 and ending in 2014. They took steps to evaluate the perfect amount of time, which would not have any consequences to one’s health.
Here they are by the stages of development:
- If one is a newborn (meaning 0 – 3 months of age), then they need 14-17 hours of sleep
- If one is a baby (meaning 4 – 11 months of age), then they need 12-15 hours of sleep
- If one is a toddler (meaning 1 – 2 years of age), then they need 11-14 hours of sleep
- If one is in preschool (meaning 3 – 5 years of age), then one needs 10-13 hours of sleep
- If one is in elementary school (meaning 6 – 13 years of age), then one needs 9-11 hours of sleep
- If one is a teenager (meaning 14 – 17 years of age), then one needs 8-10 hours of sleep
- If one is a young adult (meaning 18 – 25 years of age), then one needs 7-9n hours of sleep
- If one is an adult (meaning 26 – 64 years of age), then one needs 7-9 hours of sleep
- If one is a senior (meaning over 65 years of age), then one needs 7-8 hours of sleep
These are the official results. Though of course, each person is different, and they may well vary.