Calculating Needed Sleep

Calculating how much sleep you need

Do you count your sleep hours, right after you wake up? Have you ever thought to calculate how much sleep you need? That might seem funny but most people calculate their hours of sleep. It is not necessary to keep the track of your sleep yet the important thing is to get enough sleep otherwise you won’t be able to perform your daily routine work, social activities, and do other family obligations. Sleep timing varies from person to person and can also change with age. Every age group has its own specific sleep calculations. We have listed the average sleep calculations for you below, so let’s have a quantitative look at them.

Sleep Hours

  • Birth to 3 months: 14 to 18 hours
  • 4 to 11 months: 12 to 17 hours
  • 1 to 2 years: 11 to 15 hours
  • 3 to 5 years: 10 to 14 hours
  • 6 to 12 years: 9 to 12 hours
  • 13 to 18 years: 8 to 10 hours
  • 18 to 64 years: 7 to 9 hours
  • 65 years and older: 7 to 8 hours approx.

Disruption in sleep hours

Even if you lie in the same age group, you may have different sleep needs and timings. This is the thing unique to everyone. Your partner may feel rested after 6 to 7 hours of sleep, while you sleep 9 hours a day. But remember! Fix the sleep time and wake-up time. Disruption in sleep hours and timings can have harmful effects on your mental health. Moreover, it can also lead to sleeplessness. Don’t disturb the circadian rhythm of your body.

Do you take calculated sleep, but still feel lazy?

If you are having daytime drowsiness even after 9 to 10 hours of sleep, you should figure out if any sleep disorder is making you lazy even after the sound sleep. For this purpose, you should keenly observe your eating habits, too much caffeine consumption can cause a similar situation. You can also ask any of your family members to observe you during the sleep, and if they feel any strange thing in your behavior, you should immediately go for a checkup.

What if you sleep less than you need?

There are times in our life when we are so busy with other things that we cannot get the proper time to sleep. Emotional disturbances and work pressure can also lead to a situation where you can’t sleep. As a result, you experience the few signs that indicate that your body needs rest. Some of the signs include less productivity, lack of decision-making power, irritable mood, lack of concentration and focus, drowsiness during the day, dull complexion, dark circles around your eyes, and much more!

So take an idea of your sleep hours from the above table and calculate how many hours do you sleep?

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