Here Is How Much Sleep We Really Need According To Your Age

Posted by Sughra Hafeez in Health and Fitness On 15th June 2018
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The National Sleep Foundation has updated its guidelines on how many hours of sleep people need. They released the results of a world-class study that took more than two years of research to complete. Here is how much sleep you actually need according to old you are.

Health benefits

Sleep plays an important role in your physical health. For example, sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.

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Dr. Merrill Mitler, a sleep expert, and neuroscientist at NIH said:

"Sleep services all aspects of our body in one way or another: molecular, energy balance, as well as intellectual function, alertness, and mood. Loss of sleep impairs your higher levels of reasoning, problem-solving and attention to detail."

He added:

"Sleep affects almost every tissue in our bodies, It affects growth and stress hormones, our immune system, appetite, breathing, blood pressure and cardiovascular health."

Sleep deprivation

Sleep helps your body to fight back. Sleep can help you maintain your weight. Sleep puts you in a better mood. Not having enough causes sleep deprivation, it can be either chronic or acute.

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Serious potential problems

Some of the most serious potential problems associated with chronic sleep deprivation are high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure or stroke. Also, research links a lack of sleep to an increase in the stress hormone cortisol in the body. Sleep deprivation also impairs cognitive functioning, decision-making, and reaction times, which is why sleep deprivation increases the risk of vehicle accidents. Sleep deprivation is also believed to hasten the effects of aging and reduce the skin's ability to heal.

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