The importance of sleep…

The importance of sleep…

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an incredibly stressful and unsettling and for some people has resulted in countless sleepless nights. However, adequate sleep is critical for maintaining good heart health, so we must do all that we can to maintain a normal routine and get our 7-9 hours of sleep a night.

Sleep is essential at all ages. It helps to power the mind, restores the body, and fortifies virtually every system. However, different age groups require different amounts of sleep.

The National Sleep Foundation’s recommendations for nightly sleep are broken down into nine age groups.

Age RangeRecommended Hours of Sleep
Newborn0-3 months old14-17 hours
Infant4-11 months old12-15 hours
 Toddler1-2 years old11-14 hours
Preschool3-5 years old10-13 hours
School-age6-13 years old9-11 hours
Teen14-17 years old8-10 hours
Young Adult18-25 years old7-9 hours
Adult26-64 years old7-9 hours
Older Adult65 or more years old7-8 hours

These guidelines are recommended ranges for nightly sleep duration. For some individuals sleeping an hour or less than the general range may be acceptable based on a person’s circumstances.

Depending on how much sleep you need means considering your overall health, daily activities, and typical sleep patterns. Check out the National Sleep Foundation page to assess your individual sleep needs by asking yourself a few questions.

If you are someone who has trouble sleeping, there are numerous online resources available. The SleepHub is a great resource to access to understand why you may be struggling with sleep and how to improve your sleep.

If you are suffering from poor sleep (or more likely insomnia) talk to one of our GPs today to gain an understanding and implement different tools to improve your sleep. Book an appointment here:

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