So seriously, how many of us are familiar with this scenario: few hours after midnight, we feel very energized so we surf the internet, and update our profiles, following other updates of those who are not sleep for the same reasons!
It’s a fact – the internet being available everywhere, 24/7, damages our dream, but what’s more damaging is the display of the mobile device used before bedtime. Unnatural position of laying and engaging our hands and brain sometimes brings headaches or pain in some joints and muscles. So, we must all be aware of how much sleep we actually need, according to our age.
Another fact is that 50 to 70 million Americans are affected by chronic sleep disorders. These disorders can actually be linked to hypertension, heart disease, stroke, depression, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.
In a report by the Institute of Medicine titled, Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem, hundreds of billions of dollars are spent a year on medical costs related to sleep disorders.
So, why not save ourselves from all that trouble, and just do what we are supposed to do: SLEEP.
If you want to be healthy, you need to have a quality sleep. Some of us need 8 hours to rest, while others need 9 or more, and others just 3-4 hours. Its individual. But, after researches scientists have come to a conclusion and made us this table to show us how much we need so we can function properly through out the day:
Of course, every one of us can notice a sleep deficiency, some of the symptoms are: less productivity during the day, gaining weight, sleepy when driving, or needing a lot of caffeine to get you through the day.
If you want to prepare yourself for a good night sleep, you could read a book, or exercise daily, make yourself a bedtime routine, avoid alcohol or caffeine before sleeping, and most important: turn off the TV and your smart phones, and you’ll notice difference in the quality of your sleep, which, of course, is also very important.