6 Mar

Sleep Awareness Week

Sleep Awareness Week

March Celebrates National Sleep Awareness Month

Did you know that March has been designated National Sleep Awareness Month? Obtaining the right amount of sleep each night has been linked to an improvement in overall health, productivity, and quality of life. For example, getting the right amount of sleep, can decrease your risk of getting sick as your body can fight off infections more easily. Sleep also supports the breakdown of sugar to prevent diabetes and keeps you alert and focused throughout the day. Not only is it important for you to get sleep but making sure your children get the correct amount of sleep can have a huge impact in their performance at school.

So how much sleep should you be aiming for each night? According to the National Institutes of Health, the average adult sleeps less than seven hours per night. In theory 6-7 hours of sleep may seem like a lot to some people, but in reality it can lead to chronic sleep deprivation. Sleep requirements may vary from person to person as most healthy adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep in order to function at maximum capacity. It is also important to notice that children and teens require even more sleep for growth and development.


Recommended Hours of Sleep

Age Group

Newborns & Infants

Toddlers &


School-aged Children




Older Adults

Recommended Hours of Sleep








Sleep isn’t always just a numbers game as the actual quality of sleep you are receiving plays a major role too. If you are giving yourself 8 hours to sleep each night but end up waking up 3-4 times per night, you are not giving your body enough rest in each stage of sleep. Your body needs deep sleep for body repairs and energy stores for the future. While sleeping, your body goes into what is known as rapid eye movement or REM sleep. This stage of sleep is important for processing new information and memories.

There are many approaches to getting a good night’s rest. It is important to stick to a sleep schedule, even on the weekends. This helps you fall asleep and stay asleep on a consistent basis, which can reduce the need for an alarm clock.  Another tip includes making sure you are turning off your electronics and avoiding large meals at least 30 minutes before bed.  Caffeine and vigorous exercise should also be avoided several hours before sleeping. Taking all of these into consideration will put you on a path towards not only a healthy night’s sleep, but a healthy lifestyle.


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