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Are you getting enough sleep. (https://www.cdc.gov

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

I know this article is long but please read. Getting enough sleep is important for people of all ages to stay in good health. Read more to learn how much sleep you need. People will often cut back on their sleep for work, for family demands, or even to watch a good show on television. But if not getting enough sleep is a regular part of your routine, you may be at an increased risk for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease and stroke, poor mental health, and even early death. Even one night of short sleep can affect you the next day. Not surprisingly, you’re more likely to feel sleepy. On top of that, you’re more likely to be in a bad mood, be less productive at work, and be involved in a motor vehicle crash. How much sleep you need changes as you age. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society recommend: Age Group Recommended Hours of Sleep Per Day1,2 Infant 4-12 months 12-16 hours per 24 hours (including naps) Toddler 1-2 years 11-14 hours per 24 hours (including naps) Pre-school 3-5 years 10-13 hours per 24 hours (including naps) School Age 6-12 years 9-12 hours per 24 hours Teen 13-18 years 8-10 hours per 24 hours Adult 18-60 years 7 or more hours per night Habits to improve your sleep There are some important habits that can improve your sleep health: Be consistent. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends. Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature. Remove electronic devices, such as TVs, computers, and smart phones, from the bedroom. Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime. Avoid tobacco/nicotine. Get some exercise. Being physically active during the day can help you fall asleep more easily at night.
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