According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), one-third of U.S. adults report that they usually get less than the recommended amount of sleep. It might also surprise you to know, not getting enough sleep is linked with many chronic diseases and conditions including type 2 diabetes. Specifically, sleep duration and quality are predictors of levels of hemoglobin A1C, an important marker of blood sugar control.
The amount of sleep you need for good health depends on your age. However, the exact amount of sleep people need at different ages is not known. Therefore, the National Sleep Foundation outlines the minimum, and maximum sleep ranges per day as follows:
-School-Age Children (6-13 years): 9-11 hours
-Teenagers (14-17 years): 8-10 hours
–Younger adults (18-25 years): 7-9 hours
-Adults (26-64 years): 7-9 hours
-Older adults (65+years): 7-8 hours
The amount of sleep you get each day is important, but other aspects of sleep contribute to your health and well-being. Good sleep quality is also essential. The good news is there are