How Much Sleep Do We Need?

· November 12, 2014

We all know well that infants need to sleep for many hours everyday. Older children need to sleep at least nine hours for good development, and we, as adults, respect that time they need to rest. However, very often we are not aware that we always require an adequate amount of hours to get well rested and to in turn get our body to function properly.

How many hours of sleep is a good night’s sleep?

Just how much sleep is recommended depends greatly on each person’s characteristics and their age. There are people that require more hours of sleep to truly feel well rested.

We all know that a restful night’s sleep helps us to restore our physical body and our mental health. It is the reason why it is so important to be constant and vigilant with regard to the hours we dedicate to resting.

Now, that said, according to our age, we should sleep for a certain amount of hours every night.

  • Infants require at least fourteen or fifteen hours of sleep everyday.
  • Toddlers between the age of one and three should sleep from twelve to fourteen hours.
  • School-age children should sleep from ten to eleven hours.
  • Adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep everyday.
  • Elderly adults have trouble sleeping peacefully and they wake up several times per night, which is why they need a nap to somewhat make up for their lost sleep.

Sleeping Hours are Sacred

Sleeping the required amount of hours is necessary everyday. In no way should you sleep well one night and neglect your sleep the next. If we do that, our daily activities suffer because we have not rested enough. Furthermore, it is possible that this would provoke episodes of stress, which would adversely affect our health.

A restful slumber should be continuous and of high quality. It is not the same to sleep the recommended amount of hours in a prolonged way without disturbances as to be waking up every once in a while during those eight hours.

Poor quality sleep can produce, as we mentioned previously, stress, anxiety and depression. The most important thing we can do is make the right decision to have quality sleep for the full required hours in order to rest the necessary amount and to have a higher quality of life. Furthermore, we should think about the effects that this could have on our future.

You should keep in mind that if you do not sleep for enough time, it can have dangerous consequences for your health. Perhaps you do not notice it right away, but the day will come when you are affected by some consequence resulting from the lack of proper sleep. If your job keeps you up all night, do your best to get some beauty rest during the day in order to compensate for those lost hours of sleep that are so important.