Things You Need to Know About Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important things, along with proper nutrition and exercise. It plays a major role in our lives, which is why we shouldn’t neglect it. It’s essential that we learn the importance of sleep, and we’re here to help you do that.

Did you know that around 1.2 billion people worldwide suffer from a variety of sleep issues? Only in the US, that number is more than 70 million adults. People suffer from disorders such as insomnia, sleep apnea, nightmares, shift work sleep disorder, etc.

Sleeping issues have probably existed for a long time, but people have started considering them more seriously just recently – about a hundred years ago. In 1903, the first sleeping pills were created, and only 30 years later, more than a billion of these pills were consumed in the United States on a yearly basis. 

About 25 years ago, during the 1990s, more than 200 sleep labs and centers were opened in the US to treat sleeping disorders.

The Right Amount of Sleep

If you don’t get enough sleep

According to a 2018 study which included more than 1 million adults, the ideal length of sleep is between six and eight hours every night.

The right amount of sleep varies from age to age, and, of course, from person to person. Having that in mind, we came to a study which shows that newborns (0-3 months) need between 14 and 17 hours of sleep, while infants (4-11 months) need approximately two hours less.

Recommended Sleep

A lot of people don’t get the recommended eight hours of sleep per night, and will probably say that they just don’t have enough time to do all the work they have during the day, which is why they have to stay at night working. 

We are here to give you some tips and tricks on how to get the best quality sleep possible:

  • create a schedule and stick to it every day
  • turn off screens before bed and try not to use tech devices at least an hour before falling asleep
  • avoid heavy food before going to bed
  • drink enough water
  • limit alcohol and cut out cigarettes.

Having naps during the day is also a good thing. They could decrease your chances of getting dementia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and restless leg syndrome. You can also choose the length of a nap to get the desired effect. For example, if you want to boost your energy and alertness, your nap should last between 10-20 minutes.

Improve Sleep Quality and Quantity

We all love sleeping longer on weekends, but it turns out that it would be better for us to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, including weekends. It’s also crucial to exercise at least three or four times a week, as late as 3-4 hours before going to bed.

Doctors say that the proper mattress and the right bedroom setting could solve 25-30% of the sleeping problems. Find the mattress and the pillow that suit you the best, make your room dark, quiet, and cool (around 18c), and enjoy your sleep.

Bottom Line

Sleep is essential, and we should learn to take good care of it. If you want to learn more about sleep, how it functions, what you should and shouldn’t do before going to bed, as well as many other things, check out the full infographic.

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