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How Much Sleep Do You Need?



Everyone knows what it feels like to not get enough sleep. Not only are you tired the next day you are irritable too. You are also more prone to illness and injury as your immune system is depressed and your decision making impaired. In fact, chronic sleep deprivation can shorten your lifespan, and there are millions that suffer with this. So how much sleep do you need? Well, it varies according to age. Here is an excerpt from an article on the great chiropractic website entitled “Chiropractic and Sleep”, which gives a detailed overview of the sleep demands of the body by age:


“According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), sleep is a “neurobiologic need.” Think of it like recharging a battery, except the battery is your brain! The optimum amount of sleep needed changes with age. Infants need nine to ten hours at night AND three or more hours of naps, while toddlers need the same nine hours at night but two to three hours/less daytime naps. School age children do best with nine to eleven hours and adults with seven to eight hours. When sleep-deprived (>1-2 hours of less than normal sleep), daytime napping needs increased as well as the need for longer nighttime sleep. Without establishing a sleep cycle, or when interrupting the normal circadian rhythm (cycle of sleep and wakefulness), long- term problems can arise. This can occur as a result of missing as little as one to two hours a night. Though many claim and even brag about only needing a few hours of sleep a night, it is reported that they are less able to perform well on complex mental tasks compared with those who get closer to seven hours of nighttime sleep. It has also been reported that a higher mortality rate is associated with getting less OR much more than seven hours of sleep per night.”

Of course we are all different and have our individual sleep requirements that work best for us. When we are unable to meet these requirements things just do not work right. As described above, sleep is a “neurobiologic need”. There is no way around it; we need it to function properly. The bad news is, millions suffer from sleeping disorders such as insomnia and other related sleep disorders that are often connected to stress, lifestyle, diet, and underlying conditions or disease processes. Some have suffered their entire lives and take medication daily, further complicating the issue.

The good news is, chiropractic adjustments, exercise, massage, and plant based nutrition are (all natural) lifestyle modifications (to name a few) that can be made to instantly improve sleep and quality of life. Chiropractic adjustments can help you sleep better. To schedule an appointment, call Cromwell Family Chiropractic at 248-474-4484 today.