A healthy mind depends on not only good food and water, but a healthy lifestyle and a recommended sleep cycle. Sound sleep cycle helps you in maintaining a good lifestyle throughout our entire lifetime. Not only does it help maintain our physical and mental health; rather it also helps in maintaining a decent and healthy lifestyle along with ensuring safety from a number of fatal diseases. Providing rest to our body after the entire day’s fatigue and hectic schedule ensures a better preparation for the next day’s routine with greater stamina, freshness and energy. Night’s sleep is the period when our brain supposedly retrospect and rectifies the entire day’s tasks. How aware and attentive a person is next day depends on the amount of sleep hours and its adequateness. Several physical, mental and emotional issues are associated with lack of proper sleep which causes a mental ruckus to the person and people around him. Getting enough sleep is one of the necessities in life and it helps in making an individual sharp and smart over the span of their lifetime.
The question now arises is how much sleep is adequate for whom? Because age is the key factor affecting a person’s sleep routine and requirements of the body. So, here are the minimum sleep requirements ranging from all the ages according to the National Sleep Foundation;
Age Daily Sleep Requirement
Newborns (0-2 months) 12-18 hours
Infants (3-11 months) 14-15 hours
Toddlers (1-3 years) 12-14 hours
Preschoolers (3-5 years) 11-13 hours
Young children (5-10 years) 10-11 hours
Adolescents (10-17 years) 8.5-9.25 hours
Adults 7-9 hours
With the above listed requirements, the needed question to ask is, how well do we follow it? Lack of sleep causes lack of rest for the previous day’s work and thus, causing low energy and drowsiness for the next day’s work. This makes the person low on activeness and more lethargic towards life and day to day activities. Comprehensively, at this point, the measure of rest we require every night diminishes consistently all through our childhood up to our adulthood, when it levels out and stays pretty much steady. The measure of rest we really get likewise diminishes all through life, in spite of the fact that for an assortment of reasons sleep need and sleep accomplishment is not generally in line.
Lack of proper sleep can cause physical problems in a body starting from hitting the immune system to opening up the body to variety of viruses. The above happens because of a protein called cytokines. This is released by our body during our sleep and is needed in increased numbers during a sickness, but lack of sleep causes less release and in fact causes weakened defense mechanism for our body to fight outside germs and viruses. Long-term lack of sleep also increases your risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease, stress and over thinking, and this has to be taken seriously in consideration to the number of heart attacks increasing over the years.
Thus, it can be concluded that a good day starts from a good night itself.
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