Without doubt, how much sleep we get affects our overall physical and mental health and insomnia has been linked to a variety of health problems. Sleep-related issues can be caused by numerous factors, including excessive stress and overuse of technological devices at night.
These devices emit a light which is known to impede the body’s production of melatonin, the sleep hormone, and messes with one’s sleeping patterns and leads to an imbalance in the organism. Lack of sleep has been linked to poor appetite, tiredness, poor focus, as well as inability to make good decisions.
How Many Hours of Sleep Do We Need?
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the needed hours of sleep we should get in order to function optimally are conditioned by our age. Furthermore, a professor from Harvard, Charles Czeisler, and his team did a research between the period of 2004 and 2014 and tested the effects that sleep has on the overall health and their goal was to discover the necessary sleeping hours for every age group. Here are the results:
Newborns from 0 to 3 months need 14 to 17 hours of sleep
Babies from 4 to 11 months need 12 to 15 hours of sleep
Children from 1 to 2 years need 11 to 14 hours of sleep
Preschoolers from 3 to 5 years need 10 to 13 hours of sleep
Children from 6 to 13 years need 9 to 11 hours of sleep
Teens from 14 to 17 years of age need 8 to 10 hours of sleep
Young adults from 18 to 25 years need 7 to 9 hours of sleep
Adults from 26 to 64 years require 7 to 9 hours of sleep