All of us know the very common phrase, “Early to bed, early to rise makes a person Healthy, wealthy and wise.” The sleeping positions and timings matter a lot in everyone’s life, scientifically. We all love to sleep. But how many of you sleep enough and comfortably, every night? Am sure, not many of you would be gaining efficient sleep every day. You may say that your age is working age and it’s totally o.k if you don’t sleep for some hours and use that as working hours. But let me tell you, it’s not at all o.k. You should sleep for at least 8 hours to complete your sleep. Remember that the Quality of sleep matters, not the quantity. The importance of sleep is still not known to many of us even today. People consider sleep inferior to their work, which shouldn’t happen. We should consider our sleeping hours as a serious matter of health. I would like you to provide information as to how much average sleep do you need according to your age.
Average Sleep Needs by Age
Newborn to 2 months old 12 – 18 hrs
3 months to 1 year old 14 – 15 hrs
1 to 3 years old 12 – 14 hrs
3 to 5 years old 11 – 13 hrs
5 to 12 years old 10 – 11 hrs
12 to 18 years old 8.5 – 10 hrs
Adults (18+) 7.5 – 9 hrs
And now am going to focus on the very vital 10 reasons as to why sleep is important for us. So go ahead read and pass on the information.
1. Brain Power
The activity to sleep not only makes you get relaxed and recharge, but it also helps in enhancement of your brain power that is your memory and concentration. Yeah, this is the top most reason as to why sleep is so important. We all want ourselves and also our kids to be healthy and brainy. And scientifically, it is proved that our brain power becomes strong if we take quantitative as well as qualitative sleep every day. Brain foods also play role in boosting up your brain power but it should be along with sleep. Sleep increases our memory power and concentration. You will be more productive when you have increase in concentration and good memory, after a well-rested night. Sleep would also decrease your chances of having mental disorders, depression etc. which is very harmful to us psychologically. And also sleep deprivation leads to memory loss.
2. Life Span
We all wish that we should be immortal or undead like the vampires in tales and movies. But we can’t. But yes, why do we decrease our life span, by not sleeping? Inadequate sleep decreases our life span. This is a very great reason as to prove you that why sleep is so important in our life. Many studies and researchers have proven this that if we don’t sleep as per the requirement of our body, you will surely have less life span as compared to the people who fulfill this requirement of sleep for their body. Hence, when you throw out every hour of sleep, it will be like throwing out the time from your life span. So think and then take action to work instead of sleep. Because this will make you pay heavy cost regarding your life.
A best part of our body is that it protects us internally by immunity system present in it.We don’t get many diseases like cold, cough etc if our immune system is great, but do you know that the immunity system can be affected if you don’t take adequate sleep? Well, yes many research studies have proved that your immunity system goes down if you don’t take proper sleep. Immunity system works as a fighter in our body. It fights back the different viruses and diseases in our body. Hence, if we don’t take adequate sleep, we become more susceptible to diseases. Hence, sleep more to boost up your immunity power.
Revitalizing our body every day is very important to gain back our physical as well as mental strength to work more and more. As I told you above, you have fresh mornings when you take proper sleep. Also the main process that makes you feel fresh and enthusiastic for next day’s work is revitalization. When you sleep, your whole body relaxes, right from your toe to your head. You use up all your energy, for the work you do throughout the day. And as you sleep, you regain all your energy back which revitalizes you from within. Hence, provide energy to your body by sleeping.
5. Fresh Mornings
We all want our mornings to be fresh and beautiful. But we enjoy this only on our weekends and holidays. But, now you can make your every day’s morning fresh You will always boost up on the thought of making your every morning, a fresh morning. Thus, Sleep is important factor in making your mornings go fresh. As you sleep properly every night, your whole body carries out its biological processes like the kidneys workout efficiently which ultimately makes our digestion system work properly. Also when you complete your sleep, you get physically as well as mentally satisfied for it and this leads you to a fresh morning.
6. Working Capacity
We all do hard work and stay up all night to earn a living. You may eliminate sleep and work more. But be aware, because not sleeping and working more will lead you to more problems in future. It could directly make effect on your working capacity. Lack of sleep, can lead you to more tiredness to do things which you would like to do. Hence, many companies and working places today, have a special room where you can rest whenever you want. So sleep is important to keep your working capacity on the same level like earlier.
Have you observed your mood after remaining awake for the whole night, or after not completing the sleep? You go all angry on whoever it is around you, also you get irritated very fast. Have you thought what would be the reason behind it? Yes, here lies the importance of sleep again. Sleep loss may result in irritability, impatience, stress and moodiness. Hence, stop predicting that it may be a mood swing problem and start paying attention in taking quality sleep every day to remain in lighted mood.
Everyone wants to be beautiful and gorgeous. Don’t you? Thus, remember from now that sleep plays an important role to make us beautiful. You would never need to use those harmful and unbelievable cosmetics for your beautification. All you have to do is take proper sleep every day. Let me tell you how it works, internally. In the time of your 6 to 8 hours of sleep, your body heals and repairs itself. During the period of our deep sleep, our cells renew themselves. If, you don’t sleep well then you develop more and more dark circles around your eyes which makes you look ugly and also your skin doesn’t revitalize and glow up which happens when you take a good sleep. Hence, have your beauty sleep every day.
9. Health Problems
We never want to go to a doctor for taking injections, Operations and all that bad taste medicines. Hence, it’s our duty to take precautions. We can face many serious health problems due to lack of sleep. Health problems that you would regret to have anytime in your life. It includes different cardiovascular problems. Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increase in level of stress hormones. Thus we see, that the sleep deprived people have more stress than the persons having complete sleep. Also lack of sleep constitutes to irregular heartbeat which can be a serious problem altogether. Hence, sleep is important to make us stay away from serious health problems.
Obesity is a very common problem in today’s era. Everyone wants to be fit and fine. You could get slim now, the only thing you have to do is sleep for proper hours. Now you would be in question, that what is the relation between Weight gain and sleep, right? Let me provide you some scientific information regarding this. There are two hormones responsible for this process, Ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin is the ‘Go’ hormone that tells you when to eat, and when you are sleep deprived you have more ‘ghrelin’. And ‘Leptin’ is the hormone that tells you to stop eating, and when you are sleep deprived you have less ‘leptin’. In such case, when you are sleep deprived naturally your metabolism is slower and you eat more thus which leads to weight gain. So you sleep well and gain less.