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  • Writer's pictureRache Vaglio

How much sleep do we need and why?

Updated: Mar 3



So many of us struggle to get enough sleep each night for a variety of reasons. However, Quality sleep is essential for all of us. To be our best during the day we need our zzz at night.


Let's take a look at how much sleep we need, and why do we need it ?

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults should get 7-9 hours of sleep per night. However, this can vary and some people may need as little as 6 hours or as much as 10 hours of sleep each night.


Getting enough sleep is important for maintaining our overall health and well-being. During sleep, the body repairs and regenerates tissues strengthens the immune system, and consolidates our memories. So getting enough sleep helps to keep the mind and body functioning well, Not getting enough sleep, on the other hand, can lead to a variety of health problems such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even a shortened lifespan.


Lack of sleep can also affect cognitive function, causing problems with memory, concentration, and decision-making. This can lead to making all types of mistakes throughout your day, It can also affect your ability to drive safely and put you at higher risk of an accident.


It is important to keep in mind that the quality of sleep is just as important as the quantity. For a good night's sleep,  enough time needs to be spent in each stage, including deep sleep and REM sleep, so that the body can repair and regenerate and the mind can consolidate memories and emotions.

 

For a healthy restful night’s sleep, each stage needs to be repeated approximately 4-6 times a night. 


The point is, that getting enough sleep is essential for both body and mind, but the amount of sleep needed can vary from person to person. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night, but listen to your body and adjust as needed. Also, the quality of sleep is just as important as quantity. So do yourself a favor and make the time to get enough quality sleep every night.



You’ll thank yourself in the morning!

 


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