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Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

October 27, 2018 by HealthNeed Adminstrator

We here at HealthNeed want to wish everyone good health during this time of year, adapting to the new cold weather, and to any stresses that may be thrown your way. Many of you are looking forward to the Daylight Saving Time “fall back” and claiming that extra hour sleep on November 4th. This week, we would like to focus on the importance of sleep. While it may seem like a smart idea to forgo a few hours a sleep to study for your upcoming midterm or to complete any work you may be falling behind on, it is unbeneficial for you in the long run.

According to the CDC, a third of US adults report that they get less than the recommended amount of sleep. Not getting enough sleep has been linked to conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression. Sleep deprivation can also inhibit your ability to drive, work, and study. Sleep is incredibly important, not only for your health, but also your productivity.

This brings up the question of what the recommended amount of sleep is for you.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends:

Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours of sleep

Infants (4-12 months): 12-16 hours of sleep

Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours of sleep

Children between the ages of 3-5: 10-13 hours of sleep

Children between the ages of 6-12: 9-12 hours of sleep

Teenagers (13-18): 8-10 hours of sleep

Adults: 7 or more hours of sleep

If you find yourself having difficulty sleeping or getting restless sleep, you may want to consult your doctor about the possibility of having a sleep disorder. The most common sleep disorders are Insomnia, Sleep Apnea, Narcolepsy, and Restless Sleep Syndrome.

Last week, we spoke about the importance of getting your Flu shot. As per NYSNOH, this season’s first pediatric death occurred last week, and there has been an 8 % increase in patients hospitalized within this week and last week. Please remember to protect yourself and your family against the flu this year!

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