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    How much minimum sleep is required for human beings?


    Have a query about sleep requirements? Want to know the least amount of time a person can sleep and still be fresh through the day? Check out this page for responses from experts and get a resolution to your query.

    Sleep is an essential part of our life. Everyday after some hours of work and activity we require sleep and this cyclic pattern goes throughout our life. Some people sleep for longer hours while for some a limited interval of sleep is sufficient to make them fresh for the activities of the next day.

    If we sleep very less or due to some reason do not get sleep, it immediately reflects on our health as we become slow and feel dizzy.

    What is the minimum hours of sleep does a person require?
  • #148173
    We all have seen babies sleep a lot, elders and doctors advise that it is normal for the infant to sleep for around 12-14 hours in a day that is important for the development of the infant. Similarly, the number of hours of sleep goes down as age advances, some elders cannot get a minimum of 4-5 hours of sleep and need plenty of medications to help them. In general, children need around 8-10 hours of sleep, adults need around 7-8 hours of sleep.

    The national sleep foundation gives a detailed chart of how many hours based on age groups. This chart (NOT MINE) is very useful as is from (https://sleepfoundation.org/press-release/national-sleep-foundation-recommends-new-sleep-times/page/0/1).

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  • #148176
    Sleeping is an essential factor that maintains the integrity of our health as well relaxation method for the human body. Even though there are various factors that affect the quality of the sleep, the minimum required duration of sleep varies with age. It is aptly said that 'quality of sleep matters than quantity'. On average we spend 1/3rd of our life asleep. Generally, the sleep cycle is affected by lifestyle and health. Sleep inhibitors such as energy drinks, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, alarm clocks, electronic devices (especially mobiles) before sleep inhibit the circadian rhythm.

    According to an extensive research conducted by American scientists on sleep, they were unable to narrow down the exact duration of sleep required by people of different age groups. They just evaluated the 'recommended' time with minimum and maximum hours required for different age groups. According to them the sleep duration required for various age groups are as follows:

    1. Newborns (0-3 months ): 14-17 hours
    2. Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours
    3. Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours
    4. Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours
    5. School-age children (6-13): 9-11 hours
    6. Teenagers (14-17): to 8-10 hours
    7. Younger adults (18-25): 7-9 hours
    8. Adults (26-64): 7-9 hours
    9. Older adults (65+): 7-8 hours

    If you find that you are sleeping less than the minimum requirement, you must assess your needs and start a perfect timetable. Analyze your habits that inhibit or enhance the sleep. Analyze your day when you had good sleep the previous night versus the poor sleep cycle. To have a good quality sleep:

    1. Make sure your room has the ideal nocturnal requirements for light and sound. Place curtains or windscreens to avoid any unnecessary bright lights entering your room before sleep.

    2. If possible have bedroom trees that release oxygen during the night. This will enhance good health as well as a great method to keep your brain healthy while you sleep. They also act as stress busters. Some plants which you can have in your bedroom are Aloe vera, English Ivy, Peace Lilly, Snake plant etc.

    3. Avoid sleep inhibitors such as alcohol, nicotine, caffeine and most importantly, switch off your mobiles/laptops/tablets/TV sets when you are on the bed.

    4. Make sure your mattress and pillows are comfortable enough to initiate a good sleep.

    5. Exercise daily so that you stay in good shape and health. A healthy person will have a good quality of sleep.

    6. Finally, make sure you practice sleep timetable regularly. Sleep in time every day, even on your day off from work. This ensures you have a proper sleep cycle.

    Remember that lack of sleep will have many ill effects on the health sometimes can be fatal if it is prolonged. If you are suffering from the irregular sleeping cycle or prolonged insomnia contact your nearest physician as early as possible.

    Thank You
    Dr. V. Shashikanth

  • #148184
    Sleep is a very important factor in our lives and the health condition of an individual is more dependent on the sleep profile of the person. An undisturbed sound sleep indicates the sound health of the person. Some people spend very less time in sleep and they will try to work for more hours. But that may lessen the lifespan of the person. Some people sleep more time and became very lazy. Some scientists from different countries are working on the essential sleep for an average person and they suggest the following as the minimum required period of sleep.

    Newborns (0-3 months): Sleep range is 14-17 hours each day
    Infants (4-11 months): Sleep range to 12-15 hours
    Toddlers (1-2 years): Sleep range is 11-14 hours
    Preschoolers (3-5): Sleep range is 10-13 hours
    School-age children (6-13): Sleep range is 9-11 hours
    Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range is 8-10 hours
    Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours
    Adults (26-64): Sleep range is 7-9 hours
    Older adults (65+): Sleep range is 7-8 hours.

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  • #148219
    Sleep is essential to regain the energy which you spent all the day. Based on your mental and physical tiredness time of the sleep cycle varies. Your body itself will determine how much sleep you need usually it is between 5 to 8 hours. Pushing yourself to sleep more will cause different problems like gastric problems, laziness, lack of appetite etc.

  • #148221
    We actually need to sleep minimum 7 to 8 hours. If you're between the age of 18 to 25 year old then 8 hours of sleep is enough for you. Good sleep helps to improves harmones and immune system. If you don't sleep on time and wake up on time then it linked to a fat.
    Sleeping faces your concentration levels and allows you to learn and focus on studies. It avoids getting you sick. Sleeping is a vital character of overall health and well being.

  • #148244
    Sleep plays an important role in physical health. Sleep involves in healing and repair of heart and blood vessels.
    National Sleep Foundation along with expert panel given its new recommendations for appropriate sleep durations.
    Sleep duration recommendations by age wise are :
    * New born(0-3 months) : 14-17 hours in a day
    * Infants(4-11 months) : 12-15 hours in a day
    * Toddlers(1-2 years) : 11-14 hours in a day
    * Preschoolers(3-5 years) : 10-13 hours sleep in a day
    * School age children(6-13 years) : 9-11 hours in a day
    * Teenagers(14-17 years) : 8-10 hours in a day
    * Young adults(18-25 years) : 7-9 hours in a day
    * Adults(26-64 years) : 7-9 hours in a day
    * Older adults(above 64 years) : 7-8 hours sleep in a day.

  • #148276
    Every Human Being needs at least 7 - 8 Hours of sleep irrespective of their age. Obviously kids need a little more sleep. Its very important to have a good sleep in order to ensure proper healing and repairing process of machine called Human Body. We really cannot concentrate on things and act effectively without proper sleep.

    Sleep is essential as lack of sleep may pave way for gaining weight, leading risk factor for your heart and brain. Its also been heard that we should not be on bed more than 7am as this would make your day lazy literally . Few researches say you need to be out of your bed by 5am to ensure that you don't be a gunpoint for heart attack as the frequency of heart attack taking place is common post 5am

    Getting a peaceful sleep is really very difficult these days because everyone is held with one or other issue while going to bed. Its important to keep everything aside instead of thinking to much as that will only affecting for health and do not contribute to welfare of us in any way

    Ensure you hit the bed by 10pm - 11pm maximum and get out of it by 5am or 6am. Its ideal for ones health to maintain this timing. We need to also ensure we maintain same timing of sleep everyday. Don't go to bed without food as that would not let you sleep well. Make all the required comforts and get fresh before sleeping. Always try to sleep in hygienic place as that also contributes for a good sleep. You are more relaxed while sleeping as you don't feel dirty if your sleeping in hygienic place. Change your bedsheets and pillow covers every week with cleaned ones.

    Better to avoid oversleeping as that would lead to laziness and inactive for the day. Also, ensure you don't sleep in day time and its okay to take a nap for 10- 15min if necessary.

  • #148319
    The sleep hours depends on the age of the body. Minimum of six hours of sleep is necessary. Sleep is the period during which body parts relax. The mind becomes active most parts of a body and gets more oxygen than the awakening condition. During sleep, body cleanses the toxins from the body.
    Paresh B. Gujarati.
    Mechanical Engineer.
    'I'mprovement always begins with 'I'.


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