Earlier wok was emphasized, sleep and relaxation happened naturally and effortlessly. But with the rising number of health issues caused mainly due to the modern way of living, sleep has become an important issue to be left on its own. It has to be planned in a well throughout manner to achieve its benefits that can never be supplemented by any health pill available in the market.
It has acquired so much importance that we now have a day marked off on the calendar as the World Sleep Day which boasts of representatives in 14 other countries, including the likes of Bangladesh, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Qatar and Uruguay.
Since there are many health benefits of sleep, to get a sound sleep some people even don’t mind taking sleeping pills. These are the kind of people who cannot get a good night’s sleep due to insomnia – a condition characterized by the lack of sleep. Having said that, one now needs to understand how much sleep would be sufficient to keep them healthy.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends the different duration of sleep for different age groups. The recommendations are listed below:
- Newborns (till 3 months of age) : 14-17 hours each day
- Infants (4 to 11 month old): 12-15 hours
- Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours
- Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours
- School age children (6-13): 9-11 hours
- Teenagers (14-17):8-10 hours
- Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours (new age category)
- Adults (26-64): Sleep range did not change and remains 7-9 hours
The major health benefits of taking adequate sleep as the parameters stated above are as follows:
Sleep is vital for enhancing learning and memory.
Not getting enough Z’s lowers libido and contributes to erectile dysfunction.
It helps in boosting mental alertness.
It also aids in weight loss, increases immunity and strength
It is also known to prevent Cancer and reduces stress and other related psychological problems.
It makes one look smart, vibrant and energetic.
So Go ahead and snooze, please!