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We all know how important sleep is for our overall health. It is essential for all vital functions of our body and mind. How we will feel through the day, and how productive we will be, determines the quality and amount of the sleep. Every person needs a good sleep, especially people with chronic diseases and pain.
When it comes to sleeping, one question worries us: “How many hours of sleep, our body needs and does it depends on our age?
The answer is not the same for everyone. Some people sleep only for 4 hours, for example, and still accomplish all their daily tasks successfully.
According to one published article, 6 hours of sleep are enough for people to be 100% functional.
How Much Do We Sleep?
- This infographic was published by the National Institute of Sleep, and it shows how many hours of sleep we really need.
Look at the graphic, but remember this is the total sleep accounted for a period of 24 hours. If you take a nap, that counts too.
People that sleep less usually share these common symptoms
- Overweight or gaining weight
- Lower productivity through the day
- They need caffeine to get through the day
- They are sleepy when driving
If you have some of these symptoms, then it is a time to change some habits and get good sleep.
The best thing before going to bed is to read a book.
Other recommended things are
- Develop a bedtime routine
- Stay within your schedule
- Exercise every day
- Turn off the TV
- Avoid caffeine or alcohol before bedtime
- Make sure your pillow and mattress suits you