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  • Quality of sleep considered more important than length
  • No definitive number for hours of sleep
  • Age, lifestyle and health contribute to the amount of sleep required

Getting enough sleep to recuperate is vital to maintain to a healthy lifestyle. Sleep deprivation over a sustained period can have a detrimental effect on your health, which can include fatigue, weight loss, weight gain and clumsiness.

What are the benefits of sleep?

Sleep is one of those things that we take for granted. Having a good night’s rest reportedly makes you feel better, improve memory, spurs creativity, improve attention; maintain healthy weight and lower stress/anxiety. The is no definitive answer on the amount required every night, as this changes as you get older and you may require more or less than the average person. Research has indicated that the average person requires 7.5 to 8 hours sleep per night, with many elderly people able to function with as little as 6 hours sleep per night.

Children however require considerably more sleep, as their bodies are developing and growing; on average they require 9 to 10 hours per night. Babies require up to 17 hours day as their bodies rapidly develop at a significantly higher rate. Toddlers on average require approximately 10 to 13 hours per night as the body continues to grow, but a slower rate than that of new borns. With the increase in demanding lifestyles, additional research as indicated that using smartphones, tablets and televisions before bed can make your brain overactive and reduces your quality of sleep.

Sleep is a fundamental action that our bodies require to maintain our health and ensuring that we’re getting the right amount provides significant benefits.