One of my favorite things to do is SLEEP! When I cannot sleep or have insomnia it drives me crazy. Tossing, turning, wrestling with my sheets and pillows can be maddening. There are many contributing factors as to why one might toss and turn at night. Some aspects may include stress, anxiety, had a late heavy meal, alcohol, or your mind is overworked and preoccupied. Losing sleep can reap havoc on your lifestyle the following day. It is likely you will not perform tasks at work as well and have a void in your energy level. How much sleep does one really require?
Sleep disorders are serious. However, if you sleep well most of the time it’s unlikely you have a problem. But, if you are experiencing irregular sleep patterns you may want to consult your physician or naturopathic doctor. An ample amount of sleep is necessary in repairing and rejuvenating the human body. Without the right amount of sleep you are at risk for potential health issues. Not getting enough sleep creates “sleep debt,” much like an overdrawn back account. Eventually your body will need to be replenished. Some health issues that may arise are: memory loss, depression, and weakening of the immune system. Also, a lack of sleep and getting behind the wheel of your car mirrors many of the same reactions your body would have if you were driving intoxicated. According to Web MD, sleep deprived individuals who were tested with a driving simulator performed badly or worse than an intoxicated person. Driver fatigue is responsible for an estimated 56,000 motor vehicle accidents and 1,500 deaths each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Drowsiness is the brains’ last warning prior to falling asleep. Driving while overly fatigued often leads to a disaster.
How much sleep does one really require? Some studies conflict and say 8 hours of sleep may not be best for all adults. Other studies have shown the average adult to function properly with a mere 6 hours of sleep per night. What follows is a needed insight for maximum benefits.
Average Sleep Needs Age Hours
Newborns (0-2 months), 12 – 18
Infants (3 months to 1 year), 14 – 15
Toddlers (1 to 3 years), 12 – 14
Preschoolers (3 to 5 years), 11 – 13
School-aged children (5 to 12 years), 10 – 11
Teens and preteens (12 to 18 years), 8.5 – 10
Adults (18+), 7.5 – 9
Establishing a regular bed and wake time can orient you to a healthy nights rest. If you are deprived of sleep you may recognize you are moody, feel sluggish mid-afternoon, or need coffee or soda mid-day. The effects of sleep deprivation may include weight gain, increase your risks of diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems.
Overall your mind, body, and soul need to be nourished by attaining the proper amount of sleep. A healthy diet and exercise can lend to a better nights sleep as well. May all of you sleep well for a healthy body and mind.