In last week’s post of part one this series, I mentioned that March 12th to the 18th is National Sleep Awareness Week and in it I discussed: Why sleep is so vital to your good health and well being. In this second part, I will discusses: How much sleep you really need to stay healthy and in the final third part, which will be posted sometime next week, I will tell you What you can do to begin a path towards better sleep and a healthier lifestyle.
How Much Sleep Do You Really Need to Stay Healthy?
Unfortunately, there is no “magic number” for everybody. Not only do different age groups need different amounts of sleep, but sleep needs are also individualized. Just like any of the traits you are born with, the amount of sleep you need to function best may be different for you than for someone who is of the same age and sex. While you may be at your best sleeping seven hours a night, someone else may need nine hours to have a happy, healthy, productive life.
The table I’ve included below, however, can be a used as a guide to help you get started with figuring out about how much sleep you need based on your age:
Try starting in the middle of your age group and pay attention to your own individual needs by assessing the following:
- How you feel on different amounts of sleep.
- Are you productive, healthy and happy?
- Do you have health issues?
- Are you experiencing sleep problems?
- Do you depend on caffeine to get you through the day?
- Do you feel sleepy when driving?
These are questions that should be asked before you can find the number that works best for you.
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