Sleep time recommendations
Sleep is one of our basic needs for living well and healthy, for growing and above all developing our physical and mental skills.
For improving our immune system and all other regulatory systems inside body. As a result – relax and regeneration processes are happening inside the body.
As B.K.S. Iyengar said –
Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit.
How we get sleep?
The simple act of falling asleep starts on the molecular level with a neurotransmitter—a chemical that acts on neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to tell your body whether it should be asleep or awake. It is called melatonin or sleep hormone.
The neurons, in contrast, switch off the signals that help keep you awake.
For every sleep processes to going right there is special sleep time recommended in different age groups.
Sleep Time Recommendations
The newest Sleep Time Recommendations have done and published by The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) on February 2, 2015.
It is very important to mention that The NSF assembled a multidisciplinary expert panel comprising both sleep experts and experts in other areas of medicine, physiology, and science for making guidelines for sleep duration.
There were the 18-member expert panel included 12 representatives selected by stakeholder organizations and 6 sleep experts chosen by the NSF.
For example, experts from American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association of Anatomists, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Geriatrics Society, American Neurological Association, American Physiological Society, American Psychiatric Association ect.
- Newborn: 0-3 months
- Infant: 4-11 months
- Toddler: 1-2 years
- Preschooler: 3-5 years
- School-age: 6-13 years
- Teenager: 14-17 years
- Young adult: 18-25 years
- Adult: 26-64 years
- Older adult: ≥65 years
Each sleep duration was classified as one of the following:
- “May be appropriate for some people”
- “Unlikely to be appropriate” or not recommended
First it is important to remember that recommended sleep time means the proper time a person sleeps, not the time a person spends in his/her bed.
And there are much more things to talk and learn about sleep – not only sleep time, therefore sleep hygiene is mandatory. About sleep hygiene that includes not only enough but also qualitative sleep read further in our topics about sleep hygiene. FIND HERE.
The similar recommendations give also Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/about_sleep/how_much_sleep.html
Stay healthy and enjoy Your life! Remember that sleep is one of most important processes in Your life!