This article is about something important to everyone – sleep and things that help you sleep. For many people, sleep almost seems a waste of time. You know the expression, “you snooze, you loose.” It sounds good, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. A 2002 National Sleep Foundation (NSF) Sleep in America poll found that 74% of American adults have some type of sleep problem a few nights per week or more, 39% get less than 7 hours of sleep each weeknight, and more than a third (37%) say too little sleep interferes with their daily activities.
According to NSF, here’s how much daily sleep you should get, including naps:
|Infants/Babies||0-2 months||10.5-18.5 hours|
|2-12 months||14-15 hours|
|Toddlers/Children||12-18 months||13-15 hours|
|18 months – 3 years||12-14 hours|
|3-5 years||11-13 hours|
|5-12 years||9-11 hours|
|Adults/Older persons||On average 7-9 hours|
Too little sleep affects just about every part of your life. Here’s what happens if you don’t get enough sleep:
Make sure you talk with your doctor or healthcare provider if sleep is a problem for you. You will not only feel better, it will help you stay well. Remember, sleep is not time you lose. For a free download of the song Sleep is Not Time You Lose, please go to HealthRock. Enjoy the song and sleep tight.