Adequate sleep is important
Getting enough quality sleep can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life and safety.
Business and life coach Christine Morris warns that when you do not get enough sleep it affects not only your mental well-being but how you handle situations.
Studies have shown that while you're sleeping, your brain is preparing for the next day by forming new pathways to help you learn and remember information.
The amount of sleep you need daily depends on your age:
* Infants: nine to 10 hours at night, plus three or more hours of naps
* Toddlers: nine to 10 hours at night, plus two to three hours of naps
* School-age children: nine to 11 hours
* Adults: seven to eight hours.
However, other factors also determine the amount of sleep needed. For example, changes in a pregnant woman's body during the early stages can increase the need for more sleep, while older adults tend to sleep more lightly and for shorter time spans than younger adults, thus creating the need for more time in bed or a tendency toward daytime napping.
Although some people claim to feel rested on just a few hours of sleep each night, research shows that people who get a little sleep over many nights don't perform as well on complex mental tasks as those who get closer to seven hours of sleep a night. Studies among adults also show that getting less or much more than seven hours of sleep a night is associated with a higher mortality rate.