Before I begin writing this blog, I want to clarify that I am not directing this to the person who is working excessive hours to support their family, the person who has young children at home, or the person who needs to stay up all night to get an unfinished project done (although you probably could’ve prioritized it better.) Sometimes in life, we all need to sacrifice our sleep in order to get important stuff done. This blog is however directed towards all the people out there who stay up all night scrolling social media, watching the latest Netflix series (guilty), or staying out late in general for no good reason. Your lack of sleep is affecting you a lot more than you may think.
Let's break it down.
How much sleep should I be getting?
Newborn (0-3 months) 14-17 hours
Infant (4-11 months) 12-15 hours
Toddler (1-2 years) 11-14 hours
Pre-School (3-5 years) 10-13 hours
School age (6-13 years) 9-11 hours
Teen (14-17 years) 8-10 hours
Young Adult (18-25 years) 7-9 hours
Adult (26-64 years) 7-9 hours
Older Adult (65+ years) 7-8 hours
How is my lack of sleep affecting me?
High blood pressure
Higher risk of heart disease
Higher risk of diabetes
Decreased sex drive
10 reasons why you're not getting enough sleep.
You don’t prioritize sleep
Too much caffeine/pre-workout
You work ever-changing shifts
Change of time zones
Eating right before bed
Failing to calm down before bed
Drug side effects
According to my Instagram poll last week, more than 50% of you aren't getting enough sleep. I hope by covering these topics you will start to realize that this lack of sleep is affecting your health; hopefully, you will start to prioritize it. I hope you enjoyed this blog and stay tuned for parts 2 and 3.