Today I thought I would write on how much sleep we really need, as this can get quite confusing.
An article on Elemental wrote that the percentage of people who do, according to the latest federal data:
Numbers don’t tell the whole story, though. Each person’s sleep needs vary significantly based on a few factors, including age and genetics. One thing we do know for sure is that too little sleep is really bad for you.
“Healthy sleep is as important as proper nutrition and regular exercise for our health and well-being, and sleep is critical for performance and safety,” says Kannan Ramar, MD, president of the Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Adults who sleep less than six hours a night are 13% more likely to die before their time, compared with those who sleep seven to nine hours.
Nobody can guess whether you’ll function best on seven or eight or nine hours of sleep. But there’s strong consensus among research scientists and federal health officials on the minimum that most adults need.
Older adults still need plenty too, but they might struggle more to get it. “After age 60, nighttime sleep tends to be shorter, lighter, and interrupted by multiple awakenings,” according to the National Institutes of Health.
However, not everyone’s biological clock runs on the same schedule. Some people are inclined — genetically or otherwise — to be night owls or early risers. It’s really a case of keeping a diary for about a month of how much sleep you have had each night and how you felt the morning after. You should then be able to understand how much you need to feel healthy.
It’s then up to you to ensure you get the right amount of sleep by avoiding things that might keep you awake.
Source : Elemental