The Importance and Risks of Sleep

Who would ever think that sleeping could be bad for a person?

Column By Aliza Stahl

stahla@findlay.edu

Are you someone who stays up late watching television or studying? Or are you someone who sleeps in until noon? Maybe even both?

Every person needs sleep, some more than others. If someone doesn’t get enough sleep each night, that can have effects on their body, physically and mentally, this is the same if a person gets too much sleep.

What people may not know is that sleep is an essential function in which allows your body and mind to have a break and recharge. Also, without enough sleep, the brain is unable to function properly and to its fully extent.

“Most adults require between seven and nine hours of nightly sleep. Children and teenagers need substantially more sleep, particularly if they are younger than five years of age” (Pacheco, 2022).

The correct amount of sleep varies between the different age ranges. Toddlers (1-2 years old) should get 11-14 hours of sleep per night and a teen (14-17 years old) should get 8-10 hours of sleep. To see the age chart with the recommended number of hours per day a person should have go to sleepfoundation.org.

It seems crazy to think a person could get too much sleep, but this is in fact true. It has been noticed that depression and low socioeconomic status are two main reasons for oversleeping.

There is a series of medical problems that are linked to oversleeping such as diabetes, obesity, headaches, back pain, depression, and heart disease.

Majority of people love sleep, but there are positive and negatives that can come out of it. Take advantage of getting the correct amount of sleep a night, that way you can be fully capable to perform everything to your full potential throughout the day.

 

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