How Much Sleep Do You Need?
There are some fundamental necessities that all living organisms have. Sleep is one of the most important activities of the lives of people and animals alike. While one might think that rest is the period when the body is inactive, it is indeed a period during which your body is busy recovering and strengthening. It is during slumber that the cells and tissues in the body heal and multiply. The amount of rest required by an organism depends on many physical factors.
A lion dozes for 20 hours a day to stay healthy. Your comfortable oak bed might make you feel like adopting the lion’s snooze pattern, but that would not be healthy for your body.
As an oak bed manufacturer, we constantly learning about improving your comfort of sleep. Generally, people believe that they need six to eight hours of nap in a day. However, the exact amount of rest required by you might not be what you are getting. Here is all you need to know about how much rest your body needs and how you can attain it:
How many hours of sleep do you need?
A two-year long study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation has come up with a revised concept of the ideal sleep hours of an individual. The number of hours you need to doze depends on your age and lifestyle. The more active your lifestyle is, the more down time you need.
There is a general chart which dictates how much rest a person needs on an average:
- New-born babies till the age of three months need between 14-17 hours of sleep.
- Infants from fours to eleven months need somewhere between 12-15 hours of sleep.
- Toddlers from one to two years need 11-14 hours of sleep.
- Pre-Schoolers from three to five years need 10-13 hours of sleep.
- Children from six to thirteen years need 9-11 hours of sleep.
- Teenagers from 14 to 17 need 8-10 hours of sleep.
- Young adults from 18 to 25 years need seven to nine hours of sleep.
- Adults between 26 to 64 years need seven to nine hours of sleep as well.
- Adults over 65 years need seven to eight hours of sleep.
Children require more hours of rest, but as adults, you need a continuous seven to nine hours of sleep. Margret Thatcher’s four-hour sleep schedule is not for everyone. Winston Churchill might have made up for his lack of rest at night with the help of power naps during the day.
The 7-9 hours of sleep that you need should be an undisturbed span. Taking naps during the day is not the same as getting the required rest period. At the same time not leaving the comfort of your king size oak bed for long hours is not healthy as well.
How Can You Get the Right Amount of Sleep?
There are ways in which you can avoid under-sleeping and over-sleeping. Follow these tips to get the optimal nap time:
Fixed sleep schedule
By following a set sleep schedule, you allow your body to fall into a pattern. Your body will be able to prevent sleep deprivation and oversleeping if it is used to a fixed sleep-wake cycle.
Avoid certain foods and beverages
The effects of caffeine on the sleep pattern is highly disputed. Apart from caffeinated beverages, there are some foods which are very greasy and sugary that are responsible for sleep deprivation. Excess carbohydrate intake can result in oversleeping as the body takes longer to metabolise it. Avoid eating certain things before you hit the bed.
Comfortable slumber conditions
Some people are gifted with the ability to get some shut-eye anywhere they want. Most people do not share the blessing. Creating a soothing environment is very important. Choose the right sized bed, have the optimal number of pillows recommended, have white noise or soothing music playing in the background, have a small source of light or complete darkness and try to create an optimal room temperature. These will allow your body to relax. Keep your blinds open or use light curtains to let the natural light to wake you up in the morning.
No screen policy
Many people catch up on their Netflix shows at bedtime or stare at their devices until they cannot keep their eyes open. The light of the screen keeps you awake well past your body’s sleep signals. Instead of looking at your phone, read a book. Cutting out the artificial light will make you fall asleep faster.
Staying active during the day ensures that you are tired enough to fall asleep and the routine activity allows your body to wake up on time for the daily activities as well.
These tips should ensure that you get the optimal hours of rest. If you are unable to set your sleep pattern or feel too fatigued during the day, you should see a doctor. For a healthy human body following the required hours of sleep is enough to stay fit and active. When you start sleeping to less or too much you need to fix your hours or see a professional help you find the right schedule. Some people do need more than the average hours of rest, so if you continuously feel drained do not put your body at risk by avoiding the doctor. At Oak Heaven Furniture we have a fantastic range of quality oak beds - give your body the right amount of rest it deserves.
- Viktor Verikas