Juggling the demands of work, home, and your lifestyle can be taxing. And, if you’re forgoing sleep for the sake of catching up on your deadlines, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Here’s just how much sleep everyone should be getting, every day:
The phrase “sleeping like a baby” is laughable to parents of newborns and infants. Everybody knows that babies sleep in short sprints, waking up regularly to be fed, or cleaned. Unfortunately, its part and parcel of the developmental process. Babies need a lot of sleep, but they’re not necessarily very good at having it at night. From newborn to three months old, babies need to sleep up to 16 hours a day. While it would be most useful if they could do that in one long sprint, their bodies have not yet adjusted to the big, bright world, and they get hungry sooner than we do. Young babies sleep in short spurts but, take heart, parents: they’ll soon start sleeping for longer periods of time, and that magical 8-hour sleep at night will happen - probably when you least expect it. This Baby Sleep Chart from Babycentre will help you keep tabs on your baby’s sleep needs.
Once they’re out of nappies and heading into pre-school, your child will need between 11 to 13 hours of sleep within a 24-hour period, so daily naps will still be essential. Once they’re attending school, however, they’ll need between 10 and 11 hours a night, with no daytime naps required. Teenagers need between 8 and 9 hours a night, and they’re most likely to make up for it on weekends: it’s a strange cruelty to parents that they’ll spend most of their children’s childhood adjusting to early morning wakeups, and when the teen years hit, their children can sleep until lunchtime. Big tip: If your teenager has the occasional sleep-in on a weekend morning, don’t worry too much. If they’re sleeping more than normal, chat to your doctor about your concerns.
And, for us, the adults in the room. We need between 6 to 9 hours of sleep a night. Yes, sleep is that important, not only for our physical functioning, but for our mental health too. Adopt a regular sleeping schedule and don’t get fooled into thinking that sleep time is wasted time. Your body has a lot of work to do, and without sleep, it cannot function correctly, no matter how good your diet is, or how committed you are to your exercise plan.
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