23 Mar Six hours? Eight? How long is a healthy night’s sleep?
A healthy night’s sleep. The fix to pretty much everything. Bad moods, big decisions, whatever life throws at you. But what constitutes a healthy night’s sleep varies as we age. We start off our lives sleeping every minute we don’t feel bothered like eating. Sadly this stage can’t last for more than a few months: life takes over.
This is how much the Sleep Foundation recommends you sleep each day, but do you?
Newborns (0-3 months ): 14-17 hours
Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours
Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours
Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours
School age children (6-13): 9-11 hours
Teenagers (14-17): 8-10 hours
Younger adults (18-25): 7-9 hours
Adults (26-64): 7-9 hours
Older adults (65+): 7-8 hours
So the joy and ease of sleeping gradually retreats out of our lives. Do we desert sleep or does it dump us? Replaced by past times such as work, kids, watching mediocre tv, staring at our phone, staying out late and, if we’re being romantic, the odd sunrise. A healthy night’s sleep is craved but not made time for. Or, as is often the case, it evades us.
How to fall asleep quickly:
1. Keep to a sleep schedule, even on weekends.
2. Have a relaxing bed time ritual.
3. Create a sleep haven bedroom.
4. Avoid screens for an hour before bed.
5. Buy a comfortable bed and mattress.
Following these five tips can really help you to nod off. And a healthy night’s sleep is good for you; like all animals we need sleep, in the same way we rely on food and water. We can force our bodies to adapt to the levels of food or sleep they might feel (incorrectly) they “need”. But that’s not really taking care of your body.
So this is a request… a plea… starting tonight, make sure you get enough sleep! There is nothing that can improve you mindset and appearance quite so well.
Sleep well London.