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Sleep Deprivation and Overall Health

Sleep Deprivation

When life gets busy, sleep is often one of the first things to go. Many of us consider it a luxury, but chronic sleep deprivation can actually significantly impact your health and safety. In fact, healthy sleep habits are as important to your health as good nutrition and regular exercise.

How Much Sleep is Enough?

There is no magic number. Everyone’s sleep needs are unique, but here are some general guidelines from the National Sleep Foundation:

  • Newborns (0-2 months) – 12 to 18 hours
  • Infants (3-11 months) – 14 to 15 hours
  • Toddlers (1-3 years) – 12 to 14 hours
  • Preschoolers (3-5 years) – 11 to 13 hours
  • School-age (5-12 years) – 10 to 11 hours
  • Teens (10 – 17 years) – 8.5 to 9.25 hours
  • Adults – 7 to 9 hours

It’s a myth that you can skimp on sleep for several days and then “catch up.” You can’t reverse the damage caused by lack of sleep by making it up on another day. That’s why it is important to be consistent with your sleep.

Impact of Not Getting Enough Sleep

Chronic sleep deprivation is linked to:

The Importance of Getting Evaluated

If you have an underlying sleep disorder, getting evaluated and properly diagnosed is key. Only then can you begin a treatment plan. The good news is studies show that treating your sleep disorder can improve many of these conditions – and make you feel better in your everyday life.

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If you have symptoms of a sleep problem, talk with your doctor or call (317) 745-3680 for more information or to make an appointment with a Sleep Specialist.

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