Sleep is inarguable important for our health and performance. No matter how many people claim they can sleep 5 or 6 hours and function perfectly fine, the science says otherwise. Instead, those people have grown accommodated to their state of being often with their tiredness covered up by a cup of joe. Feel called out? Don’t be. Sleep deprivation is an epidemic across not just the United States but many countries as people forgo nap times to work, support families, take care of children, or even just for a night of gaming.
While short term sleep deprivation only affects our senses and performance, long term sleep deprivation leads a higher risk of heart disease, weight gain, infection rates, Alzheimer’s disease, and much more. What’s also important to note is that the recommended hours of sleep is different according to how old we are which means sleep deprivation can be defined differently throughout the age groups.
How much sleep should each age group be getting? Here’s the breakdown:
- Infants (4-12 months): 12-16 hours
- Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours
- Ages 3-5: 10-13 hours
- Ages 6-12: 9-12 hours
- Ages 13-18: 8-10 hours
- Adults: at least 7 hours
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has a sleep calculator that will tell you what time you should be in bed every night to get the right amount of sleep. The link can be found here:
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