How Much Sleep Do We Really Need And Why It's So Important?
We all constantly hear about the importance of regular and sufficient sleep, but not many people realize how harmful lack of sleep can be to our overall health. If you think 7-8 hours of sleep is enough for everybody, you might be suprised after reading this article.

Lack of sleep

Lack of sleep

Many of us wait for the weekend to get good rest. But it’s better not to neglect sleep for the sake of viewing the latest viral video on the Internet. First of all, being sleep deprived affects the quality of future bouts of sleep negatively. Secondly, this lack of sleep has a detrimental effect on our health.

Not getting enough sleep increases the risk of developing the following problems and diseases

- Exhaustion

- Depression

- Changes in hormone function

- Cardiovascular diseases

- Visual impairment

- Diabetes

© ©

In addition to all this, bad sleep negatively affects the body and appearance. As a result, weight gain, circles under the eyes, pallor, and bad complexion become a reality. This lack of sleep also leads to a lack of concentration, a decrease in everyday efficiency and premature aging.

Age and sleep

Age and sleep

Age affects not only our condition and bodily function. Scientists have established the connection between age and the required number of hours for good sleep.

- 0-3 months: 14-17 hours

- 4-11 months: 12-15 hours

- 1-2 years: 11-14 hours

- 3-5 years: 10-13 hours

- 6-13 years: 9-11 hours

- 14-17 years: 8-10 hours

- 18-25 years: 7-9 hours

- 26-64 years: 7-9 hours

- 65+ years: 7-8 hours


The older a person is, the less amount of sleep recovery they need.

Babies up to 3 months old require the most amount of sleep. Children under 18 years old should sleep more than 8 hours a night. After that, the required amount of sleep is significantly reduced and changes only after a person reaches 65 years of age. But don’t forget that each person has their own individual needs which may change these numbers.

Sleep improvement

Sleep improvement

It’s important to pay close attention to the quality and duration of sleep you’re getting. Bad sleep can lead to a deterioration of health. You can use the following tips to help get enough sleep and feel more refreshed every day:

- Keep your days and nights separate. It’s important to remember that people should stay awake during the day and sleep at night. If you break this scheme, then you’re likely to have problems with sleep.

- Fall asleep and wake up at the same time every day.

- Don’t have tonic drinks before bed.

- Don’t overeat at night.


- Create a cozy and comfortable atmosphere in the bedroom.

- Choose a comfortable bed and quality bedding.

- A short walk in the fresh air will help you fall asleep more quickly.

- Try not to use gadgets before going to bed and turn off electrical appliances at night.

- Pay attention to physical activity and relaxation techniques.

© ©

Getting enough sleep isn’t that complicated. You can improve your sleep by doing these simple actions. And in return, you’ll be cheerful and healthy.

SoItWas on


Facebook Conversations