New recommendations from the National Sleep Foundation
One key to success is a good night’s sleep. Routinely getting an insufficient amount of sleep takes a significant toll on a person’s cognitive ability. Lack of sleep causes an inability to concentrate, and makes it difficult to perform complex thinking. Additionally, sleepiness impairs judgment, resulting in an increased risk in decision-making. Chronic sleep deprivation also impairs memory, and it can even make it more difficult to learn new skills and ideas.
Sleep deprivation has consequences beyond just mental health—it affects physical health as well. Suffering from a chronic lack of sleep is linked to many serious health risks, including heart attack, heart failure, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes. Insufficient sleep can even affect your immune system and make you become more susceptible to infection.
What is the solution? Get more quality sleep! Sleep must be made a high priority.
Currently, the average American adult sleeps less than seven hours per night. This is not enough! That statistic reveals that Americans sleep, on average, one hour less per night than their grandparents did. The National Sleep Foundation recently released updated sleep recommendations, and they recommend that young adults and middle adults sleep seven to nine hours per night. For older adults, they suggest seven to eight hours per night. As expected, the number of hours per needed increases as age decreases. Teenagers should sleep eight to ten hours every night, and school-age children are recommended to sleep nine to eleven hours per night.
These updated recommendations come from a panel of sleep experts, and their reasoning for each recommendation is backed by scientific study. It should be noted that these recommendations are guidelines, and sleep needs may vary from individual to individual.
If you are sleeping 7-8 hours a night and do not feel rested, then you may have sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, that needs to be further evaluated.
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Plan your schedule to ensure you are getting sufficient sleep each night. It will help you be happier, healthier, and will enable you to perform to the best of your ability.