I grew up hearing “You’ll get enough sleep when you’re dead”. Well, at times I do feel dead. I find myself on auto-pilot driving in to work, zombie mode when doing administrative duties and thinking about the next time I will receive R&R (the weekend). During the week, I am lucky to receive 6 hours of sleep. According to National Sleep Foundation (http://sleepfoundation.org), I should be receiving 7-9 hours of sleep nightly.
The National Sleep Foundation reports the following sleep recommendations for different age groups:
Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours
Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours
Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours
Preschoolers (3-5 years): 10-13 hours
School Age Children (6-13 years): 9-11 hours
Teenagers (14-17 years): 8-10 hours
Young Adults (18-25 years): 7-9 hours
Adults (26-64 years): 7-9 hours
Older Adults (65+): 7-8 hours
So, what is the importance of following the recommended sleep time? Well, there are mass benefits! Not only will you feel rested, but you will also experience: an improvement in learning and retaining information, a hormonal balance, a natural immune system booster, alertness, less dependency on caffeinated drinks, and an enhancement in creativity! With all these benefits, why would we not want to sleep? Starting tonight, I plan to commit to receiving 8 hours of sleep by setting an alarm to go off on when I need to call quits on daytime functions and to say hello to the cows that I need to count.
So, how are you stacking up on your z’s? Do you need to change some of your habits? If so, what do you plan on doing differently to receive your appropriate sleep hours?
…One more saying before I catch some z’s: “Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.”