How much sleep do you need
The amount of sleep every adult should get on a daily basis is a debate on its own. Research indicates that a 7-8 hour sleep is important for a healthy body, but the question is, is this amount enough for most of us? Do we need more or less than that? Has science proven the impact of more sleep/less sleep in an individual? We are not sure about that, and it is a question still awaiting answers. So, if more sleep does not affect us, then less sleep shouldn’t be either, bringing us to the same question, how much sleep do you need? How much is enough for each of us? In this article, we think that sleep should, however, be determined by the following factors.
How much hours of sleep you need
Should depend on your day to day habits
Had a long day? Then a good night’s sleep will help relax your brain keeping it alert and fit for the next day ahead. However, a day spent lazing around doing almost nothing should not make it a must for a quality sleep. A 6 -7-hour sleep will still do in this case since your brain has been relaxing for the better part of the day. A good night’s sleep affects brain health and since your brain or body has not been overworked, then an hour less than the recommended is still OK. A lack of sleep in two or three consecutive night’s is bad for your health but an hour less or more depending on how busy or working out you are each night should have no impact on your health or life.
Should depend on age
Younger kids need a good night’s sleep to help in the growth of their bodies and brain. In fact, kids more sleep than the recommended 7-8 hours each night. That is why afternoon naps in kids are very important. In older people, a good sleep impacts less on their already matured brain but only helps in keeping the psychological side of their brain healthy as far as their health is concerned. This is because as we grow older, life issues, stress and other responsibilities of life become hectic and the only remedy is a little sleep depending on the preference of an individual. Kids need more sleep for growth, but adults need it as a way to get a break from ‘being awake.’ We sometimes need to ‘shut ourselves’ out of the world for a while.
Should depend on your occupation
Sleep should vary depending on the occupation of an individual. We are different, and our jobs impact our mental health and physical health differently. In fact, the energy used is different. Classifying a banker, a grocery owner, a manager, a storekeeper, a dog walker, a yoga teacher and a construction worker as people who are equal is just not right. An individual working in a high impact physically or mentally demanding job is more likely to sleep more than someone who uses less mental energy or physical energy. An hour less or more depending on the kind of job you are doing is not a guarantee that your health will be affected in any way.
As you can see, the amount of sleep needed by each solely depends on the individual, not science or any research. Scientists can be right, but your body knows more on the amount of rest it needs. So, trust your body and sleep according to what ‘feels right’ to your body. Extending more or reducing a little bit has no impact whatsoever on anyone’s life. Your body knows best and will choose what is right at the moment either more or less sleep depending on your day.