Hey there! It’s Lydia! Welcome to Inside Out!
As you can tell by the title of this post, I’ll be talking about the importance of sleep. It’s probably the number one “lazy hack” you’ll ever find. If you’re looking for excuses for why you should be able to sleep more, you’ve come to the right place. To find out why you should sleep, when you should sleep, and how long you should sleep, keep reading!
Why Should You Sleep?
- It heals your body
- If you’re sick with a cold or the flu, then sleeping is probably the best thing you could do to your body. Sleeping and resting gives your body time to heal.
- It energizes you!
- I’m pretty sure all of you (or at least most of you) know that if you don’t sleep enough, you’ll be tired. You need to sleep enough so that you’ll be energized, alert, and ready for the next day.
- It fixes your attitude
- Hopefully all of you are aware that sleep deprivation leads to grumpiness the next day. And also hopefully you all don’t want to be grumpy. Sleep improves your attitude and helps you to be more cheerful the following day.
- It helps boost your metabolism/lose weight
- Overall, having a fast metabolism is good. Sleeping enough and sleeping well will keep your metabolism going steady instead of slowing down. If you’re looking to lose weight, sleeping is important.
- For children, it helps them to grow!
- Sleeping helps a child to grow, both mentally and physically.
- Also it clears your thinking, helps you to remember better, and more!
When Should You Sleep?
Some people I know “brag” about going to sleep really late and waking up really early. Honestly, that’s not something to brag about. Quite the contrary, actually. Going to sleep really late and waking up really early is super bad for you, especially if you do it on a regular basis! It doesn’t give time for your body to heal, re-energize, or boost your metabolism.
You should aim to go to sleep as early as you can and wake up as late as you can. For me, if I tried to follow that, I would go to bed around 10:00 pm most days and wake up at around 7:00 – 7:30 am. That would give me 9 – 9.5 hours of sleep, which is great! Of course, I don’t usually follow that, so that’s something I’m going to try to work at.
If you can only go to bed at midnight and you have to wake up at 6:00 am, then that’s fine because it’s your only option. All I’m saying is that you should strive to sleep as long as you can.
But then again, you should not, I repeat not, go to bed super duper late and wake up super duper late. There’s a little window, I think about 10:00 pm to 2:00 am, that is the peak time for healing and re-energizing and growing. If you have paperwork or homework that needs to be done, try not to do all of it late at night, but rather early in the morning.
How Long Should You Sleep?
Like I said, in the ideal world, 8-10 hours. Now of course, this is not our ideal world. But at least try to follow this:
For children under and at the age of 13, 8-10 hours. That should be pretty doable if the child manages his or her time well and should be able to get to bed early. Children should sleep a lot at this age because this is when they are growing and when they need the most metabolism boosting. As I previously mentioned, there’s a little window – 10:00 pm to 2:00 am – that is the peak time that children grow! Don’t waste it while they still have those years.
For teenagers 14 and up, maybe 7-8 hours. This is when they’re most likely finished growing, but sleeping is still important! If you’re a teenager battling with skin problems, sleeping might help you! Maybe the teen has loads of homework or college applications, but it’s vital that you get enough sleep – at all stages of your life!
For adults, 6-8 hours. Sleeping is still important even though you’re not going to grow any more and maybe your skin problems went away. If you read the first part of my post carefully, then you’ll know why.
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