Why is the right amount of sleep important? One of the most important habits, maybe even the most important one, is getting enough sleep. For the average healthy people, seven till nine hours of sleep is required to have your body & mind rest enough. Too short or too long sleeping hours a day, could lead to various issues.

Not enough sleep

When you don’t get enough sleep each night, you’re at risk of viral infections, weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, mental illness, and mortality. Research showed that if you get 6 hours of sleep per night for two weeks straight, your mental and physical performance declines to the same level as if you had stayed awake for 48 hours straight.

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Sleep too long

Occasionally sleeping longer as the recommended average won’t lead to huge problems. However, nights of more than ten hours sleep for longer as fourteen days could lead to increase heart diseases, obesity, diabetes, but also depression.

How do you know how much sleep you need?

While the required amount of sleep ranges for adults between 5 to 10 hours, you shouldn’t assume you are at one end of the spectrum unless you have paid close attention to your body. If you are drowsy during the day, even during boring periods, you haven’t had enough sleep the previous night. Most people experience a dip in early afternoon – siesta time. But if you fall asleep in the afternoons consistently, it means you haven’t had enough sleep at night.

You can read more interesting facts* about sleep here:

How much sleep do you need
How mental illness affects sleep
Body Weight and Sleep

The right amount of sleep depends on your individual needs. Both too short as too long can lead to various health issues. It might be wise not to underestimate this important habit.

Patty Wolters
Guidance Practitioner

*Tuck is a community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. A representative of Tuck reached out to me, asking if I could share a few of their guides on my website. Tuck also sells mattresses, however, I am not an affiliate nor do I receive any form of payment for sharing their content. I honestly believe, the information at the website of this company is unbiased.

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