Sleep is part of our biological clock. We all need to rest every day for a couple of hours. Children need the most sleep as they are the most vulnerable.
Ever since were little, our parents taught us that we need to go to bed at a certain hour because we need to be well rested if we want to be efficient during the next day. However, as we grow up, most of us forget how important is to rest and we have a huge lack of organization in our daily schedule.
Therefore, many of us sleep less than it is recommended. To tackle this problem, a team of scientists from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine has done a thorough research to establish how many hours of rest do we need in order to be healthy and to avoid feeling tired for the rest of the day.
The study was based on ages varying from babies to teenagers. Based on the statistics, children under twelve months need to sleep for at least twelve hours every day, whereas the ones under two years need at least eleven. Babies are vulnerable, so during the first year of their life, they mainly rely on food and sleep without any other activities.
On the other hand, children between three and five years old need at least 10 hours of rest, whereas the ones under twelve years old need at least nine. Furthermore, as they grow up, young teenagers from 13 to 18 years old can maintain a healthy lifestyle if they sleep at least 8 hours every day.
According to Shalini Paruthi, MD, Pediatric Consensus Panel Moderator from AASM, enough sleep means a healthy life, especially starting from childhood. Many sleep experts participated in this research from prestigious organizations such as the American Association of Sleep Technologists, The Sleep Research Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Unfortunately, it was established that children and teenagers who sleep less have difficulties linked with learning problems, behavior and lack of attention. Worse, not enough rest might lead to depression, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, injuries, accidents and even suicide attempts.
On the other hand, sleeping more than sufficient may also cause other problems such as mental health issues, obesity, diabetes and hypertension. All in all, children and teenagers should sleep enough to be able to have a healthy life. Moreover, this applies to adults as well.
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