The National SLEEP Foundation guidelines1 advise that healthy adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night. Infants, young children and adolescents need even more sleep to allow for growth and development. People over the age of 65 should also get 7-8 hours of sleep per night. The amount of sleep a child needs varies from person to person and depending on certain factors, such as the child's age.
For children, getting the recommended amount of sleep on a regular basis is associated with better health, including improved attention, behaviour, learning, memory, ability to control emotions, quality of life, and mental and physical health. Paediatricians should ask children and their parents about sleep on a regular basis to get a better idea of the influences on their health, according to Dr. He said. Excessive sleep has also been linked to obesity, diabetes and mental health problems, according to the group.
The third stage is "deep sleep, when brain waves slow down and it is harder to wake up". People who did not sleep before riding a driving simulator or performing a hand-eye coordination task performed as well as or worse than people who had been given alcohol. Because newborns do not yet have an internal biological clock, or circadian rhythm, their sleep patterns are not related to light and night cycles. Adolescents should sleep eight to ten hours a night, while younger children need even more sleep, according to new recommendations from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).
Establishing healthy sleep habits is a primary goal during this period, as babies are now much more social and their sleep patterns are more adult-like. At around 6 weeks of age, the baby begins to settle down a little and you may notice more regular sleep patterns emerging. However, for many adolescents, social pressures conspire against getting adequate quantity and quality of sleep. For adults, sleeping less than seven hours a night on a regular basis has been linked to poor health, such as weight gain, having a body mass index of 30 or more, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke and depression.
The group sets out optimal amounts of sleep for children of different ages in the June 13 statement Recommended amount of sleep for paediatric populations, which has been endorsed by the AAP. If you are concerned about how much sleep you or your child is getting, talk to your or your child's doctor. Since drowsiness is the brain's last step before falling asleep, drowsy driving can - and often does - lead to disaster.