#TeamNoSleep Part 1

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?

  • Trouble concentrating

  • Mood swings

  • High blood pressure

  • Weight gain

  • Weakened immunity

  • Higher risk of heart disease

  • Higher risk of diabetes

  • Decreased sex drive

  • Poor balance

10 reasons why you're not getting enough sleep.

  1. You don’t prioritize sleep

  2. Too much caffeine/pre-workout

  3. You work ever-changing shifts

  4. Change of time zones

  5. Eating right before bed

  6. Failing to calm down before bed

  7. Stress/Anxiety

  8. Sleep disorders

  9. Medication

  10. 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.

Part 1 The Basics

Part 2 Why Lack of Sleep is Causing You to Gain Weight

Part 3 Tips For Better Sleep