The Importance of Sleep

The Importance of Sleep

Posted by DR. HUEBERT on Apr 13 2022, 08:10 AM

The Importance of Sleep

How much sleep do we actually require, and why is it important? According to most doctors, the quantity of sleep required differs from person to person. We ought to feel refreshed and alert when we get up and not require sleep during the day to get through the day.

Sleep Requirements According to Age

Daily sleep habits and requirements alter from infancy through old life. The prevailing consensus is that infants through the first year require up to 18 hours of sleep per day and one to two-year-olds require 12-15 hours. Toddlers of ages three to five require 11-13 hours, six to twelve-year-olds require nine to eleven hours, and teenagers require nine to ten hours. Adult sleep requirements are typically seven to eight hours.

Older people are more prone to have discomfort or sickness that disrupts sleep, and they frequently wake up to use the restroom. Some drugs produce agitation, restless legs, or other unpleasant side effects that might keep individuals awake at night. Such challenges can reduce the amount of time older persons spend in deep sleep, when their bodies heal tissues, strengthen their immune systems, and store memories.

Quality Over Quantity

The quality of your sleep is as crucial as the amount, if not more so. Sleep deprivation is linked to cognitive issues as well as a slew of physical ailments. Sleep deprivation promotes inflammation, which can lead to a number of disorders such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and several malignancies. This is because when you're deep asleep, your body and mind perform a variety of processes such that:

  • Physical recovery takes place
  • Memories are being organized
  • The brain cleanses itself
  • Emotions and knowledge are processed
  • Blood sugar levels and metabolism balance out
  • Your immune system is reenergized

Why Quality Sleep is Considered Vital

Sound sleep has numerous benefits including but not limited to:

  • Improved attention and productivity
  • Reduced chance of weight gain
  • Improved calorie control
  • improved athletic performance
  • Reduced risk of heart disease
  • Increased social and emotional intelligence
  • Depression prevention
  • Reduced inflammation

If you are unable to catch a good shut-eye, try our professional restorative treatments. Our clinicians will prescribe the finest therapies to ease pain, decrease inflammation, and expedite the healing process after carefully assessing your condition, so you can quickly go back to feeling your finest. 

Book a consultation with Dr. Huebert by calling us at (503) 691-2000. Visit Regenerative Sport & Spine Center at 7654 SW Mohawk Street (bldg. K), Tualatin, OR 97062 to get the best restorative treatment in Oregon.

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