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How Much Sleep Do People Need?

This article was written as a response to the question: What is the minimum required hours of sleep per night for people to remain healthy?
Sleep is an important part of maintaining good health. Sleep heals, re-freshes, and re-energizes our bodies. It's like we are batteries being put into a battery charger. That's what sleep does for us. With enough sleep you will feel great. If you skimp on your minimun amount needed you will feel horrible.

How much sleep a person needs depends on several things. The minimum amount of time a person can sleep and still be healthy depends on that person. Are they young or old? Are the in poor health or in great health? The answer to that question will not be the same for any two people because every body's body is unique.

People who work double shifts or who have very busy scheduals are those who most often are sleep deprived. These are the people who sleep as little as they possibly can in order to have more time in their day. If that minimum amount of time is enough for that individuals body it can work for the person. If it's just not enough the person will not stay healthy.

If the body does not get enoguh sleep it will not function properly. You will end up feeling fatigued, sick, and may have a head ache from the lack of sleep. People are often irritable and forgetful. Another problem associated with lack of sleep is stress. People cannot think things through as well when tired and often become more stressed more easily.

Children need an average of 8 hours of sleep each night to remain healthy. If a child is sleeping more than 8 to 10 hours something may be worng. If a child is getting less than 8 hours of sleep per night then may not be getting enough. Both grades and behavior can be influenced by lack of sleep.

For a strong, healthy, middle aged adult the amount of sleep needed would be 6 to 8 hours. Keep in mind though, everyone is different. A full 8 hours may still not be enough for some people, just as 6 hours could be enough for others. You can tell if you have gotten enough sleep or not by how you feel upon waking.

When you first wake up in the morning is it hard to wake up? If you just want to go back to sleep you most likely have not had enough sleep. If you open your eyes and feel awake you have. If your minimum amount of sleep time is 8 hours and you've only slep for 6 you will feel groggy and sluggishish. You can't preform your best at work like that. If your minimum amount of sleep time is 6 hours then you will be able to sleep for only 6 hours and still will feel awake, and alive.

Adjust your sleep time to meet the needs of your body. Try sleeping for 6 hours. If you don't wake up feeling refreshed then try sleeping for 7 hours instead. Keep adding on sleep time until you wake up each moring feeling great and then you will know what the minimum amount of time you need is.

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Hi Samantha, this is a great resonse to my original question! I am out of votes so I will send out on Twitter instead today.

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