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How Much Do You Need To Sleep?

by Justin Goh on August 22, 2023

Considering our fast paced city lifestyles, it is not uncommon to put sleep on the back-burner. As SLEEPNIGHT’s resident storytellers, we too have the bad habit of staying up late into the night to watch the latest released drama, spend time talking to friends and family or to simply complete some overdue work.

However, similar with the pain of overspending; the extra hours spent through the night does not come without any sleep debt.

Here Are Some Consequence You Might Experience:
- Daytime Sleepiness
- More Accident Prone
- Irritability
- Forgetfulness

Not Getting Enough Sleep On A Regular Basis Can Also Lead To Long-Term Health Consequence Which Includes:
- Falling Sick More Often
- High Blood Pressure
- Diabetes
- Heart Disease
- Obesity
- Depression



So How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?
According to the National Sleep Foundation’s guidelines, most experts recommend that adults need to get at least 7 hours of sleep per night.
Here’s a breakdown of the average amount of sleep you should get according to your age:
The recommended sleep times are broken down into nine age groups.

 

Age Range

Recommended Hours of Sleep

Newborn

0-3 months old

14-17 hours

Infant

4-11 months old

12-15 hours

Toddler

1-2 years old

11-14 hours

Preschool

3-5 years old

10-13 hours

School-age

6-13 years old

9-11 hours

Teen

14-17 years old

8-10 hours

Young Adult

18-25 years old

7-9 hours

Adult

26-64 years old

7-9 hours

Older Adult

65 or more years old

7-8 hours

 


When Should You Go To Sleep?
The goal is to go to sleep at the time frame that enables you to achieve the recommended sleep time advised for your age group. You can easily find out when is the best time to fall asleep by counting backwards by the number of hours you are able to sleep before having to wake up for the day. For example, if you need to wake up by 6am, you should consider winding down before 11pm.

To Sum It Up
The sacrifice of precious sleep in the short run may seem like a gain but in fact it might be a compounding loss in the long run. Therefore, it will certainly be a bonus if we can figure out and stick to a regular sleep schedule every single night – even on weekends; keeping our body clock and overall sleep patterns at its best.

                         -An Article Brought to You by SLEEPNIGHT-

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