SLEEP is a necessity, like food, water and oxygen we all need it to survive. And although we are aware of this need, statistics show that approximately 40% of adults get less than seven hours of daily rest, when they actually should be getting approximately seven to nine hours.
Recommendations for sleep ranges are typically based on age. Here are some examples taken from the National Sleep Foundation:
- Preschoolers(3-5) = 10–13 hours
- School age children (6-13) = 9–11 hours
- Teenagers (14-17) = 8–10 hours
- Young adults (18-25) & Adults (26-64) = 7-9 hours
So, are you getting enough sleep? How can you tell? The most obvious may be, the dreaded daytime drowsiness. However, your body will also provide you with other signs that will assist in alerting you more sleep is needed. Some signs may include: lack of critical thinking / decision making, poor memory, irritability / depression, increased appetite, and the inability to handle stress.
We have established that obtaining the appropriate amount of sleep is extremely important for all individuals young and old. But how do you do that?
Well, here are just a few simple and easy steps to help you:
- Get on a regular sleep / wake schedule
- Avoid caffeine prior to your bedtime (typically 4-6 hours prior)
- Also, avoid alcohol consumption and heavy meals before your bedtime
- Establish a regular exercise routine
Now go get those “zzzzzz” that you need!