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How Much Sleep Does Your Body Actually Need
November 10, 2021
Sleep is very important to our body. However, when life gets busy, it can be one of the first things to get neglected or sacrificed.
Getting enough sleep is as essential to good health as eating healthy foods or getting enough exercise.
Infact, sleep is the foundation for good health. It’s the time for your body and mind to rest.
What does sleep do to our body?
When you sleep your body remains active, during this time the body rebuilds muscles you’ve worn down during the day and removes toxins in the brain that accumulate while you’re awake. It’s also essential for keeping your memories intact.
Sleep is likewise vital in helping you regulate your emotions. Being sleep deprived for just one night can increase your emotional response to negative feelings by 60%.
Furthermore, sleep deprivation can affect your body’s ability to regulate essential functions like appetite control, your immune system, metabolism, and body weight.
How much sleep you need depends on several things like age and health conditions
Everyone has unique needs and preferences, and individual sleep requirements are no different.
Official recommendations for sleep duration are broken down by age group:
Older adults (65+): 7–8 hours
Adults (18–64 years): 7–9 hours
Teenagers (14–17 years): 8–10 hours
School children (6–13 years): 9–11 hours
Preschoolers (3–5 years): 10–13 hours (including naps)
Toddlers (1–2 years): 11–14 hours (including naps)
Infants (4–12 months): 12–15 hours (including naps)
Newborns (0–3 months): 14–17 hours
However, some people might need more or less sleep than is generally recommended, depending on the following factors.
The quality of your sleep can also affect how much you need.
If your sleep quality is poor, you may find that you still feel tired after getting what should be considered enough.
Studies have found that short sleep duration and poor sleep quality are responsible for many adverse sleep-related effects.
Additionally, many common sleep disorders can negatively affect your sleep quality, such as sleep apnea. If you often feel like you aren’t sleeping well or are extremely tired and don’t know why, it’s a good idea to check in with your healthcare provider.
Tips for better sleep
- Follow a schedule
- Create a calming and comfortable enviroment
- Minimize Caffeine, Alcohol and Nicotine
- Reduce using electronics especially before bedtime
- Be more active
- Practice Meditation
Important Reminder: Any type of food supplement is not a medicine and cannot be used as a medicine for any type of disease.
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