When we are children, we barely want to go to sleep and leave the adults sitting down late night having all the fun. When we are middle-aged, we can barely find time to sleep. When we enter seniority, we have all the time on our hands but sleep eludes us. Such an elusive and mysterious mistress sleep is. So what is this that is so important about sleep? A lot, as research shows that more than a third of the years we spend on earth is spent sleeping.
Everyone deals with their sleep habits in their own way. For me, sleep is the dose that solves almost everything. Feeling stressed? I just take a power nap and when I wake up, I can think through my problems clearly. Feeling too tired? I know my body is telling me I need to sleep some. But where is the time? That is not the overall question anyway. What we need to do is figure out how much sleep we need, or an adult needs.
Sleep by age? I think they got it all wrong but …
At different ages, we need different amounts of sleep time. However, there is no specific rule for this. At the best of times, we have to make do with what the body is telling us. Thus, I try most of the time to grab a power nap even in the office, as long as I am sitting in a comfortable office chair. It helps a lot when I am feeling that my mind is all swanked in stuff.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, as we grow older, we need lesser sleep. For example, infants of less than three months need between 14 and 17 hours of sleep every day. Between 4 and 11 months, they need 12 to 15 hours of sleep, between one and two years, they need 11 to 14 hours of sleep.
To cut to the chase, I just learned that people in my age bracket of 26 and 64 years need 7 to 9 hours of sleep every day. However, I totally disagree with this, and I am sure many parents in my age group would agree with me. We need much more than that. We need to sleep in the whole weekend, you know, go to sleep on Friday night, wake up on Saturday for at 10.00 AM for breakfast, go back to bed and sleep until 2.00PM for lunch, then go back to bed and wake up to a late dinner.
Then back to bed … But we know that it is not going to happen because we are the people to make the breakfast and the lunch for everyone else.
However, there are things that you can do to catch up on as much sleep as possible. Start by making sleep your number one priority. Prep your body and mind for sleeping and de-clutter that bedroom. Paint it a relaxing color, and get that soft LED lighting. What you are looking for here is hours of uninterrupted sleep.
Make the bed your haven. Prime it with the best linens, the best mattress and the best pillows. Ok, the best will be costly, but then, this is like investing in your body. Your body is your biggest asset and you need to prime it well, don’t you?