The easiest way to achieve a healthy lifestyle begins with giving your body the proper amount of sleep, in order to rejuvenate, reset and prepare yourself physically and mentally for the next day.
Unfortunately, living the busy lifestyles we do, achieving a decent night’s shuteye can easily become more pipe dream than sweet dream.
The human body’s sleep/wake cycle is known as the circadian rhythm. This rhythm is internal and is, for the most part, unknowingly designed by you. It creates the feeling of sleepiness when it’s dark outside and also that feeling of wakefulness when the sun is out.
The amount of sleep each person need varies between individuals, as each and every one of us varies in age, lifestyle, and health. Generally, the younger you are in age, the more sleep you actually need per day. Refer to the guide below to see where you sit on the spectrum:
• Newborns and Infants: about 12 -19 hours
• Toddlers and Preschoolers: anywhere from 10-14 hours
• 6-13 years: 9-11 hours
• 14-18 years: 8-10 hours
• 18-25 years: 7-10 hours
• 25-64 years: 7-9 hours
• >65 years: 6-8 hours
No one person’s circadian rhythm is the same: each individual will have their own body clocks. Finding your own circadian rhythm and working in harmony with it is a key factor in achieving the kind of solid, sound and nourishing sleep that dreams are made of.
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