How Much Sleep Do You Need? Children, Financial Health, Healthy Living, Mental and Emotional Health, Natural Health, Physical Health No Responses » Jul 132017 The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says: Learn how much sleep you need for good health. People will often cut back on their sleep for work, for family demands, or even to watch a good show on television. But if not getting enough sleep is a regular part of your routine, you may be at an increased risk for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease and stroke, poor mental health, and even early death. Even one night of short sleep can affect you the next day. Not surprisingly, you’re more likely to feel sleepy. On top of that, you’re more likely to be in a bad mood, be less productive at work, and to be involved in a motor vehicle crash. How much sleep you need changes as you age. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society recommend: Age Group Recommended Hours of Sleep Per Day Infant 4-12 months 12-16 hours per 24 hours (including naps) Toddler 1-2 years 11-14 hours per 24 hours (including naps) Pre-school 3-5 years 10-13 hours per 24 hours (including naps) School Age 6-12 years 9-12 hours per 24 hours Teen 13-18 years 8-10 hours per 24 hours Adult 18-60 years 7 or more hours per night WHAT CAN HELP YOU? Go to bed at the same time each night and rise at the same time each morning. Make sure your bedroom is a quiet, dark, and relaxing environment, which is neither too hot or too cold. Make sure your bed is comfortable and use it only for sleeping and not for other activities, such as reading, watching TV, or listening to music. Remove all TVs, computers, and other “gadgets” from the bedroom. Avoid large meals before bedtime. * * National Sleep Foundation Recommendations Also, natural sleep aids may help. Try herbal teas, such as Chamomile. Try a natural supplement containing herbs and natural ingredients such as calcium, melatonin, valerian, L-theanine, passion flower, spearmint. These ingredients are not harsh, non-habit forming, trusted and reliable. A warm bath before bed can help relax you. Try listening to soothing, calming music before bed. Read a book. That always helps me get sleepy when I can’t sleep. Essential oils such as lavender can have a calming, soothing and relaxing effect. Proper rest has been linked to optimal immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions. But we live in a fast-paced world. Deadlines, multi-tasking, and worries can make getting the true rest you need difficult if not impossible. In fact a December 2013 Gallup® report found that 40% of adults are not getting the recommended amount of sleep each night. www.cdc.com Martha maintains RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com , which is a health and wellness information website that promotes healthy living for all aspects of life (including physical, mental and emotional, financial, and natural) and products for healthy living. For more information contact Martha at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-750-7847, or check out Martha on Twitter as MrsProfQuack or RobardsHealthyLifestyles . com on Facebook.