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Are You Getting Enough Sleep?
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Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Good sleep is the key to a successful day. Quality sleep is also the key to a healthy life.

Sleep is different for each person. How much sleep you need is based on many different factors. These factors range from: age, lifestyle, work schedule, medication side effects, and even gender.

Age is a huge factor in sleep. Babies need 16 hours of sleep. Even young toddlers need 10-12 hours of sleep. Children should get at least 10 hours of sleep. Teenagers should get at least 9. Adults over the age of 65 needs more sleep. 8 hours at the least, more depending on their health, medication needs, side effects, and lifestyle.

Adults should sleep 8 hours but may need as much as 10 hours depending on their individual needs. These needs may be chronic illness or mental illness. Or these needs may be influenced by medication that causes drowsiness and trouble sleeping. Many adults function better with 10 hours of sleep than with 8.

In general, women need more sleep than men. In a study in 2008 by the National Foundation on Sleep of 1000 men and women, 52% of the women complained of having trouble falling asleep. Often women (especially moms) don’t have the luxury or time to sleep when they want to. Many Moms take care of their families, work full time jobs, and do this all on little or no sleep.

Mom’s or Mom’s to be who are expecting a baby need lots of sleep. Usually at least 3-4 hours more than when they are not pregnant. They also need to have more sleep for the first few months after the baby is born. This is often difficult, because of the new born baby not sleeping through the night.

Sleeping too much can be unhealthy but not getting enough sleep is equally unhealthy. A healthy adult who gets 5 or less hours of sleep in a 24 hour period is just as dangerous as a healthy adult who get 15 hours or more of sleep. Sleep deprivation is common among Americans. Many of us have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, and sticking to a consistent sleep schedule.

This is true of those of you who work shift schedules that differ week to week. Each time the schedule changes so does the time you to need sleep. Finding the amount of time that you need personally for your age, health concerns, medication needs, will help you to know how many hours you need to sleep each night. Then, when your schedule changes, you can still sleep for the same amount of hours, just during the day or whenever is convenient for you (or whenever you can based on the new shift), to ensure you get enough sleep.

Finding the right amount of sleep can be challenging. Each of us needs a different amount of sleep. Our age, health, medication, whether we are an expecting mom, and work schedules are all contributing factors. I hope we can all get the right amount of sleep each day, each night and wish you all sweet dreams.


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Jane John  

I like this, just what i need to read. I can never fall asleep before midnight and am always up by 5am. I think iam stressed so i need to work on relieveing the stress.

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  about 8 years ago

Thanks so much for your comments. I understand being stressed. That is a challenge for all of us. I find that often if I stop, take a deep breath, (or two), and say to myself: "You can do it!" That my stress seems less of a challenge. Also I find I am trying to do too many things at once, or feel that I must get everything done in one day, I feel stressed. Life is about the journey, not the destination. Peaceful nights and days :)...

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  about 8 years ago
Ai Hoon  

These days with the unpredictable economy and recession, many people are losing sleep due to stress and worry. Being depressed causes one to sleep too little or too much. It's difficult to gauge what's enough. Sometimes even when I have slept 12 hours, I still feel sleepy and sometimes I feel great with only 5 hours. I think the most important thing is to get quality sleep, meaning going to sleep with a stress free and an unworried mind. This way, your body and mind rest thoroughly. That's me anyway :) Nice article! Thanks.

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  about 8 years ago

Thanks so much for your comment. It is hard to know the right amount of sleep to get. I started writing on sleep to improve my own sleep. The more I learn about sleep, the more I know is that sleep is a completely individual thing. What works for one person may not work for someone else. I will keep in mind that 5 hours works great for some people, especially you! :)

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  about 8 years ago
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