Each person should sleep between 7 and 9 hours a day to ensure good health, but these hours are indicated for adults and should be adapted according to age. But more important than the number of hours you sleep is the quality of these hours. So, to sleep well you need a place that offers safety and tranquillity to get a restful sleep that promotes well-being.
How Much Sleep Do I Need?
The following table indicates the number of sleep hours required, according to age:
|Newborn baby||17 hours a day, distributed throughout the day|
|Baby at 1 month||8h30 min at night and 7h at daytime|
|Baby from 2 months||10 hours at night and 5 hours during the day|
|Baby from 5 months||11 hours at night and 3.45 hours during the day|
|Baby from 2 years||11 hours at night and 2 hours during the day|
|Child from 3 to 12 years||10 hours per night|
|Teens 12 to 18 years old||9 hours per night|
|Adults from 18 years old||7 to 9 hours per night|
|From the age of 65||7 to 9 hours divided between day and night|
What Happens If I Do Not Get Enough Sleep?
If the person does not sleep enough hours that is needed to rest and wake up refreshed, this is called insomnia. This is when you cannot sleep, or have sleep deprivation, or when for some reason you are unable to sleep. Furthermore, this can have devastating consequences for your body, such as frequent memory failures, excessive tiredness, aging, stress and emotional unrest.
In addition, the body’s defences can be compromised and the person tends to get sick more often. Moreover, when the child or adolescent does not sleep enough their growth and development may be impaired.