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Sunday, February 7, 2016
When you think about the environment, sleep is perhaps the last coming to your mind. In reality, sleep is an important part of our daily environment with approximately 1/3 of our lives are spent asleep. At any age, we spend a good portion of our day sleeping Just like eating right and getting enough physical activity, getting enough sleep is important to your health. However, sometimes we don’t get enough sleep. When this happens, sleep debt (accumulated hours of missed sleep) occurs.
Your sleep needs can vary. Your gender, lifestyle, and health also influence your sleep need.
|Age Group||Age||Hours Per Night|
|School Age||6-13 years||9-11|
|Young Adult||18-25 years||7-9|
|Older Adult||65+ years||7-8|
Multitasking causes women to need more sleep than men. Women need about 20 minutes more. Yet, women are sleeping less. A woman’s quality and quantity of sleep is affected by:
Start determining your sleep needs by looking at the sleep recommendation for your age. Then, pay attention to how you feel on different amounts of sleep. Ask yourself:
If you answered yes to any of these questions you may need more sleep than the table recommends.
Last Reviewed: Jul 29, 2015
Case Western Reserve University