Sleep

Sleep

Margaret Martin, Writer

Sleep is one of the most overlooked and critical parts of life, though sleep can be hard to remember it is extremely important for our well being and ability to function. But how does sleep help us function better? According to SleepFoundation.org sleep is,”an essential function that allows your body and mind to recharge, leaving you refreshed and alert when you wake up.” There are 4 stages of sleep and all them are important so sleeping for long enough is very important. The amount of sleep necessary is age dependent so make sure you know how much sleep your age requires.

So what happens when you don’t get enough sleep? You can struggle with mood swings, lapses in attention, and delayed reactions. In addition lack of sleep has been linked to a higher risk of certain diseases and medical conditions such as, obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and poor mental health.

None of the effects associated with lack of sleep are attractive so how do you know how much sleep you should be getting? Well according to the SleepFoundation,org, adults and young adults need 7-9 hours of sleep, people who are 65 or older need around 7-8 hours of sleep, teenagers need 8-1 0 hours of sleep, school aged children need 9-11 hours, pre-schoolers should get 10-13 hours, infants need 12-15 hours, and newborns need 14-17 hours of sleep.