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 7–8 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 shouldget 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!