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Are you sleeping well at night?

Posted by Ryan Kanable

Mar 11, 2016 3:32:18 PM

Sleep_awareness.jpgThis week is National Sleep Foundation Sleep Awareness Week. The health benefits of sleep are many and being well rested also contributes to safety and productivity, according to the National Sleep Foundation. That’s why it’s so important to get the rest you need every day.

Rest can be elusive

Many people have problems sleeping. Reasons include abnormal sleep, such as nightmares, sleepwalking, and disorders related to rapid eye movement (REM) sleep; circadian rhythm disorders, excessive daytime sleepiness, insomnia, and other issues.

To improve your sleep, the National Sleep Foundation offers some tips, such as:

How much sleep should you get?

Even if you adopt these tips into your routine, how much sleep do you really need? The answer is that the exact amount can’t be pinpointed, but there are some guidelines that can help. The National Sleep Foundation suggests these sleep ranges for different age groups each day:

Age group

Hours of sleep per day

Newborns (0-3 months)

14-17

Infants (4-11 months)

12-15

Toddlers (1-2 years)

11-14

Preschoolers (3-5)

10-13

School-age children (6-13)

9-11

Teenagers (14-17)

8-10

Younger adults (18-25)

7-9

Adults (26-64)

7-9

Older adults (65+)

7-8

Make sleep a priority

If you are concerned about your sleep, make it a priority. Schedule it into your day just like any other activity. If you have problems sleeping, are not feeling rested after sleep, or have other sleep-related issues, talk to your doctor.

For more information, check out this infographic as well as the resources in our online WPS Health Center:

Topics: Wellness