The benefits of sleep

By November 9, 2011Health

The benefits of sleep impact nearly every area of daily life. While it may be obvious that sleep is beneficial, most people don’t realise how much sleep they need and why it is so important.
Your body manages and requires sleep in much the same way that it regulates the need for eating, drinking, and breathing. Extensive research has been done on the effects of sleep. These studies have consistently shown that sleep plays a vital role in promoting physical health, longevity, and emotional well-being.  This explains why, after a good night’s sleep, you feel better, your thoughts are clearer, and your emotions are less fragile. Without adequate sleep, judgment, mood, and ability to learn and retain information are weakened.

Achieving restful sleep begins with keeping a consistent sleep schedule and creating a bedroom environment that promotes relaxation. Also, mattresses play a key role in the quality of your sleep. No matter what type you use,  your bed should always feel comfortable, supportive, and fresh.

Over time, chronic sleep deprivation may lead to an array of serious medical conditions including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and even early mortality.

Sleep Requirements by Age

Newborns (0-2 months old) 12-18 hours
Infants (3-11 months old) 14-15 Hours
Toddlers (1-3 years old) 12-14 Hours
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years old) 11-13 Hours
School-aged Children (5-10 years old) 10-11 Hours
Teens (11-17 years old) 8-9 Hours
Adults 7-9 Hours

So instead of burning the midnight oil every night, try an early one for a change and reap the benefits.

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