Sleeping well is essential for our health … But the older we get, the more our sleep needs change … Find out, according to your age, how many hours of sleep you have.
Good sleep good health: two inseparable concepts
According to an American study, sleeping allows the body to eliminate the waste that accumulates when we are awake, to recharge its batteries for the next day and to preserve the health of the brain while by stimulating memory.
But over the years, our needs evolve and depending on the activities we have to do, the length of our sleep will determine our level of productivity. In short: the better our body will be rested, the better we will be effective in our daily activities.
But there is another question concerning the sleep we are entitled to ask ourselves:
how many hours to sleep according to our age?
The answer is different for each person: some do not need many hours of sleep, unlike others. Each person has a metabolism of his own with a physical resistance that can be very variable: this is why we find some people who sleep only 4 hours and who perform their tasks without any problem, while others, especially those with chronic or pain-prone diseases who have to sleep much longer to give their bodies time to heal and recover.
According to a recent study, the most successful people in life need only 6 hours of sleep to function at 100%. Moreover, we know that Napoleon Bonaparte slept very little (4 hours of sleep per night) but we also know that he granted short naps to boost his intellectual performance …
How long do you sleep?
This infographic produced by the National Institute of Sleep reveals the number of hours of sleep we need. Be aware that this is the total number of hours you have had in the past 24 hours (including nap time!)
Take a look at this infographic and find out if you sleep enough or if you are sleep deprived.
What are the most common symptoms in people with sleep disabilities?
Lack of productivity during the day
Overweight, tendency to gain weight easily
An overconsumption of caffeine (necessary to hold during the day)
Irascibility, physical fatigue
Risk of falling asleep while driving
What are the best ways to promote sleep?
One of the best tips for falling into the arms of Morpheus is to read a good book before going to bed.
Sleeping regularly at the same time promotes a certain routine for falling asleep (and also waking up at fixed times)
Exercising regularly helps to improve the quality of your sleep (it is advisable to do sports preferably two hours before going to sleep)
Check that you have good bedding (mattresses and pillows of good quality neither too hard nor too soft)
Do not watch TV before going to bed
Take a relaxing bath
Avoid having television in the bedroom (it disturbs sleep)
Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine before going to bed
Drink an infusion with chamomile or verbena
Turn off the mobile phone, the computer (to put in airplane mode)
Disconnect your Wi Fi
Have positive thoughts by focusing on memories that have given you pleasure
Avoid meals that are too rich at night (too fat and too spicy). Bad digestion disrupts sleep
The temperature of your room should not be too high (16 to 18 ° C maximum)