If you are a night sleeper or a day sleeper depending on the type of job you work at, the recommended hours of sleep between the age of 18-64 years of age is between 7-9 hours of sleep per day.
According to sleepfoundation.org there are certain recommended sleep durations for specific age groups such as:
- Newborns (0-3 months) – 14 to 17 hours
- Infants (4-11 months) – 12 to 15 hours
- Toddlers (1-2 years) – 11 to 14 hours
- Pre-schoolers (3-5 years) – 10 to 13 hours
- School-aged children (6-13 years) – 9 to 11 hours
- Teenagers (14-17 years) – 8 to 10 hours
- Young Adults (18-25 years) – 7 to 9 hours
- Adults (26-64 years) – 7 to 9 hours
- Older Adults (over 65 years) – 7 to 8 hours
It is recommended not to go over and under by more than two hours. Sleeping too little or too long can cause medical problems such as diabetes, obesity, headaches, back pain, depression and possible increased risk of death. Lack of sleep drains your mental abilities to perform and puts your physical health at real risk.
Not getting enough sleep can cause the following; trouble with thinking and concentration, accidents, mood changes, weakened immunity, increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, weight gain, increased risk of diabetes, low sex drive and poor balance. Lack of sleep can cause hallucinations or trigger manic depression which could lead to impulsive behaviour, depression, paranoia and suicidal thoughts.
Compared with animals, a brown bat sleeps on average of 19.9 hours per day whereas the giraffe sleeps on average of 1.9 hours per day. This all depends on how active these animals are.
How many hours of sleep per day do you get? Do you get enough, too much or not enough?