Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sleep is good for you

Anyone who knows me knows that I need sleep. I know I do. I figured out years ago that if I do not get between 8 and 9 hours a night then I am more susceptible to getting sick. At the moment with a 3 month old in the house I am lucky to get 8/9 hours of sleep at night and rarely is it in a row. Lately it has been 5 to 7 in a row then the rest is sporadic. I call it a win for now. Though my eating habits have not been what they should be partly due to my lack of sleep and craving things like pizza and sweets. I am at least working out daily which is helping me sleep well once I get to sleep.

Sleep is good. Some people say they do not need much but realistically they mean they can function on little sleep.  We all need sleep. The quality of your sleep,  affects many aspects of your life from your health to your mood. It is important to make sleep a priority and to keep it consistent.  There is no "making it up" on the weekend.  Bedtime and wake time should be consistent throughout the week

Average Sleep Needs by Age
Newborn to 2 months old
12 - 18 hrs
3 months to 1 year old
14 - 15 hrs
1 to 3 years old
12 - 14 hrs
3 to 5 years old
11 - 13 hrs
5 to 12 years old
10 - 11 hrs
12 to 18 years old
8.5 - 10 hrs
Adults (18+)
7.5 - 9 hrs

Here are some dangers of sleep deprivation:

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