Get Clean 2015 – Tip #22 Get 8hrs of Sleep

According to the National Institute of Health the chart below shows the general recommended amount of sleep by age.

Age Recommended Amount of Sleep
Newborns 16–18 hours a day
Preschool-aged children 11–12 hours a day
School-aged children At least 10 hours a day
Teens 9–10 hours a day
Adults (including the elderly) 7–8 hours a day

If you routinely lose sleep or choose to sleep less than needed, the sleep loss adds up. The total sleep lost is called your sleep debt. Some people nap as a way to deal with sleepiness. Naps may provide a short-term boost in alertness and performance. However, napping doesn’t provide all of the other benefits of night-time sleep. Thus, you can’t really make up for lost sleep.

Sleeping more on days off might be a sign that you aren’t getting enough sleep during your work week. Although extra sleep on days off might help you feel better, it can upset your body’s sleep–wake rhythm. Bad sleep habits and long-term sleep loss will affect your health. If you’re worried about whether you’re getting enough sleep, try using a sleep diary for a couple of weeks.   Write down how much you sleep each night, how alert and rested you feel in the morning, and how sleepy you feel during the day.

 

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