How many hours should you sleep according to your age?
Everybody knows that sleeping plays a crucial part for our general health. If we sleep enough we feel great, we are in good mood and fill of energy? But what is enough?
Sleeping is important process for our body and mind. Having “correct” sleep overnight means that we can finish our tasks on time, responsibly and we feel positive energy during the entire day. But, do you know how many hours should you sleep according to your age? Sleeping time of course differs from person to person, but the the National Institute of Sleep recommends optimal sleeping time for different ages.
The infographic of the National Institute below shows actually the total time of sleep during 24 hours. Therefore, taking a quick nap during the day counts as well. Take a look at it and you will know if you’re sleeping as much as you should. Lack of sleep is in fact a big problem. It may cause numerous diseases and conditions.
Here are few important reasons why we should pay attention to our sleeping habits:
Back pain is very annoying and painful condition. It can easily make us unable to move or even stand. Too much sleeping can make you feel down, more prone to back pain. Make sure you’re getting proper rest overnight. Iinstead of lying around in the bed all day long, try to do some low-intensity exercises for the back. It will make you feel great.
Staying in bed for too long often can damage our metabolism. It can make it slower and store energy instead of spending it. According to a latest study, people who sleep 10 or more hours overnight are more likely to become obese in the next 6 years.
15% of all depression patients actually sleep all the time. They simply don’t want to leave their beds. Depressed people oversleep or they have insomnia. Both can have a negative effect on the mental health.
Spending your days sleeping and doing nothing can impair your body’s ability to process glucose. This can lead to type 2 diabetes over time. One study actually showed that people who sleep less hours than recommended are more likely to develop glucose intolerance and diabetes than those who sleep normally.
Tips on defeating oversleeping
Strict Sleep Schedule
It’s very important to make a strict sleep schedule. It will help you go to bed almost at same time and wake up on time. Pay attention on unplugging all electronic devices one hour before going to bed. If you can take yoga classes to relax you’ll sleep better.
Regular exercise or walking after getting out of bed will clear your mind and give you enough energy.
Taking a cold shower every time you feel sleepy will improve blood circulation and will immediately wake you up.
Drink a glass of lukewarm water on empty stomach after getting up in the morning to keep your body hydrated.
Maintain your motivation
Find an activity you like and stick to it to stay motivated and break the routine in your everyday life.
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