Sleep plays an important role in your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. What happens while you’re sleeping affect the way you feel when you are awake. The quality of sleep is very important for you.
During sleep, your body works to maintain your physical health and support healthy brain function. Sleep deficiency can lead to chronic health problems, how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others.
In children and teens, sleep supports growth and mental development. The National Sleep Foundation recommends sleep time according to the age. Youngs need more sleep than the elders.
Some of the reasons why we have sleep problems are stress and modern technology.
Stress is an unwanted feeling that happens to the people who are overloaded and want to cope with demands. These demands may be finances, work, relationships, and other situations. But the main reasons are money and employment. Stress stimulates the production of cortisol, which causes restful sleep, sickness, and discomfort.
Another reason is the light emitted by technological devices. It impedes the brain to release melatonin which is produced in the dark.
Sleep problems are directly linked to various health issues. Sleeping less than 7 hours leads to weight gain, diabetes, and obesity while seeping less than 5 hours affects heart health.
Make a habit to turn off the strong lights in your house at night and also install flux if you are using a computer or laptop, as its logo states, it will make your life better.
If you are on mobile install Twilight , both of these apps are made to remove blue light from your screens as its the main color to stimulate wakefulness.
So make sure to follow the guidelines from National Sleep Foundation in order to live a happy life and prevent health problems.
A guideline for sleep hours:
-Newborn from 0 to 3 months: 14 to 17 hours
-Babies from 4 to 11 months: 12 to 15 hours
-Children from 1-2 years: 11 to 14 hours
-Preschool from 3-5 years: 10 to 13 hours
-School Age from 6-13 years: 9 to 11 hours
-Teens from 14 to 17 years: 8 to 10 hours
-Youth from 18-25 years: 7 to 9 hours
-Adults from 26-64 years: 7 to 9 hours
-Seniors over from 65 years: 7 to 8 hours
These guidelines are approximate because each individual needs different hours of rest. Sleep as much as you feel good the other day, and most importantly , don’t hit the snooze button, if you do you need to sleep a full cycle (90 minutes) to feel a difference so just wake up immediately when you hear the alarm.
Sweet Dreams 🙂