How Much Sleep Do We Need?

How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?
If you often feel sluggish in the afternoon or rely on the snooze button, there is a chance that you don’t get enough sleep. Unfortunately, failure to get quality sleep can cause more severe problems than simply feeling sluggish at certain times.
It can make you less capable of making good decisions, less productive, and increase the likelihood to be involved in a car accident and die prematurely.
This might be, partly, because lack of adequate sleep can interfere with your cognitive performance.
How many sleep-hours do you need?
Most people feel quite satisfied with inadequate sleep as long as they can get by. But it is important to note that there is a significant difference between the amount of sleep you need to really function optimally and the amount you need to just get by.
So does it mean there is standard sleep duration? Sleep requirements actually vary from one person to another. Healthy adults need between seven-to-nine hours of quality sleep per night to be able to function optimally.
Children and teens, however, need more than this.
Official recommendations provided by the National Sleep Foundations are broken down by age group as follows:
Newborn to three months 14-17 hours
Four to 11 months 12-15 hours
One to two years 11-14 hours
Three to five years 10-13 hours
Six to thirteen years 9-12 hours
14 to 17 years 8-10 hours
Young adults (18-25 years) 7-9 hours
Adults 26 to 64 7-9 hours
Older Adults (65 and above) 7-8 hours
If you now think six hours of sleep can be enough for you, think again. Only less than three percent of the population has a gene that enables them to do well with a six-hour sleep at night. For the rest of the population, six hours simply don’t work. Getting enough sleep at night is important to staying healthy. So ensure you are sleeping well at night. Avoid or minimize habits that can interfere with the quality of your sleep such as taking caffeine and eating sugary foods at night. Also embrace others like sticking to a regular sleep schedule and getting exercise.