Sleep affects your body in numerous and life-altering ways. Not getting enough could throw your body into a downward spiral. Some of the negative effects of lack of sleep are skin break outs, weight gain, stroke, diabetes, and emotional disorders.
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According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute studies show that “sleep deficiency alters activity in some parts of the brain. If you’re sleep deficient, you may have trouble making decisions, solving problems, controlling your emotions and behavior, and coping with change. Sleep deficiency also has been linked to depression, suicide, and risk-taking behavior.”
Getting enough sleep can help you solve problems, learn new things, keep your hunger level in check, build muscle mass, and repair cells. Not to mention, your skin looks better and you aren’t as irritable. This table reflects recent American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recommendations that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has endorsed.
|Age||Recommended Amount of Sleep|
|Infants aged 4-12 months||12-16 hours a day (including naps)|
|Children aged 1-2 years||11-14 hours a day (including naps)|
|Children aged 3-5 years||10-13 hours a day (including naps)|
|Children aged 6-12 years||9-12 hours a day|
|Teens aged 13-18 years||8-10 hours a day|
|Adults aged 18 years or older||7–8 hours a day|
The point is to get sleep and make sure it is healthy and the recommended amount of hours. If you have an exceptionally busy week and can’t sleep the right amount then take a few days to catch up. Sleep can be compounded and you can pay back the “sleep debt” you owe your body. Overall, your body will function better with the proper amount of sleep, so go take that cat nap.
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