Why is sleep so important?

Josh Brown
January 17, 2023
Why is sleep so important?

We spend approximately ⅓ of our life sleeping! It is very important. When you are sleeping, your body is doing some incredible things like restoring your muscles, organs and most importantly, your brain.

A good night of sleep helps you make better decisions, increases reaction time, makes you more aware, and makes you more creative.

Not getting enough sleep can really tax your brain and be very detrimental to your overall health, increased irritability, adverse behavior, slow reaction time, increased risk of depression and suicide. Studies have shown that a lack of sleep increases your risk of obesity. Lack of sleep leads to poor nutrition choices, which in turn decreases our athletic performance.

Lack of sleep puts a toll on your immune system, leading to more days under the weather.

So, how much sleep should I be getting? Here are the recommended hours of sleep for your age.

0-3 months: 14-17 hours

4-11 months: 12-15 hours

1 year- 2 years: 11-14 hours

3-5 years: 10-13 hours

6-13 years: 9-11 hours

14-17 years: 8-10 hours

18-25 years: 7-9 hours

26-64 years: 7-9 hours

65+ years: 7-8 hours

If you are not getting the recommend amount of sleep each night, here are a few things to work on.

Come up with nightly routine.

No screen time for 1 hour before going to bed. Grab a book and read!

Make your room completely dark.

Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol at night.

If you need help to come up with a plan, set up a consult with us today to help you come up with a plan for you!

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