Your Sleep and Your Health

May 26, 2021 - neurocare group


Sleep is a vital, yet often overlooked, component of good health and wellbeing.  In particular, the restorative effects of sleep play a crucial role in maintaining optimal physical and mental health, and promoting recovery from ailment.  In particular, sleep loss: 

  • impairs attention, learning and memory, and reasoning and problem-solving, and >the ability to cope with stressors and challenges
  • impairs the breakdown of stress hormones and impairs the immune system and the body’s ability to combat illness
  • disrupts blood pressure control, appetite, breathing, and general cardiovascular health
  • >increase vulnerability to a range of physical health conditions, including stroke, heart disease, obesity, diabetes
  • increases vulnerability to a range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety disorders, and  

 On average, adults need 78 hours of sleep per night. Babies typically sleep about 16 hours a day. Children aged 1-2years need 11-14 hours a night, children 3-5years need 10-13 hours, while children 6-12 years should get 9-12 hours per night. Teens aged 13-18 years need 8-10 hours. To attain the maximum restorative benefits of sleep, getting a full night of quality sleep is important. 

Did you know?

Even subtle sleep restriction can be significant.  The negative impact after just two weeks of losing only two hours sleep a night is equivalent to the impairment experienced after a night of total sleep deprivation!




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