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WHY DO WE NEED SLEEP?

Adequate sleep is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle and it is beneficial to the heart, weight, mind, and overall health. During sleep, the body is active and a lot of important processing, restoration, and strengthening occurs. Hence, the body require long periods of sleep in order to restore and rejuvenate, grow muscle, repair tissue, and synthesize hormones.

HOW MUCH SLEEP DO I NEED?

Adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night, one-year-olds need about 11 to 14 hours, school age children between 9 and 11, and teenagers between 8 and 10. During these critical periods of growth and learning, younger people need a heavy dose of sleep for optimal development and alertness.

HEALTH BENEFITS

  • Heart health: Lack of sleep has been associated with worsening of blood pressure and cholesterol, which are risk factors for heart disease and stroke.
  • Cancer Prevention: melatonin is a…

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