Christine Watson of Marquette Turner Luxury Homes writes:
According to the experts, the number of hours we need on a daily basis varies depending on our age and state of health. Newborn babies need the most and typically spend between 14 and 16 hours sleeping in a 24 hour period.
Children and teenagers should get this amount of sleep, however 10 hours of quality sleep is healthy and sufficient for most of them.
Adults need the least amount of sleep and should feel lucky if they get around 8 hours and pregnant women should increase this by about 3 hours. You know you are getting enough sleep each day if you wake up refreshed.
Unfortunately sleep deprivation can have serious consequences. If driving, your reflexes may be slower, eyes may stay closed longer when you blink and the chance of having an accident increases. Drinking alcohol when lacking sleep can impair judgment, reaction times, hand eye coordination and attention spans.
AND THE GOOD NEWS – research has shown that napping and “any type of sleep” while at work is associated with increased alertness, improved productivity, better cognitive performance and extended periods of alertness. So, this means if you work long hours, take a nap break, then it’s likely to extend your performance for higher work levels and higher alertness levels.
DO YOU NEED TO NAP AT WORK – AlertForce is a fatigue management company that supplies businesses with sleeping pods, chairs and other sleep aids for the office.