If you use your laptop for a very long time it starts to burn up indicating that however smart the machine is, it needs to rest to continue to function like before. Similarly, a human body is a complex machine which requires maintenance, refueling and rest most of all. When we sleep our body heals itself, regulates metabolism, betters immune system, revitalizes your organs, stores of memory and all in all, slow things down.
After a long tiring day, a human body is on the brink of collapsing (not literally) and the body ache, weary eyes, and lethargy all signifies that it is time for the body to come to a resting position. No wonder we feel so much better shutting ourselves down for a good standardized 7 to 9 hours.
Every person has varying sleep requirements and it is often said that the need for sleep gets reduces with age. How much one requires sleeps depends on many things such as their body mass, activity level, age, height, diet, and overall health dynamics. If a person has flu, they sleep more than a healthy person because that is how weak their body gets and takes longer to recover. Toddlers and young children sleep more than Adults because a good sleep is required by them for a normal growth and development.
Average Sleep Needs by Age
|Age||Hours Needed||May be appropriate|
|Newborn to 3 months old||14 – 17 hrs||11 – 19 hrs|
|4 to 11 months old||12 – 15 hrs||10 – 18 hrs|
|1 to 2 years old||11 – 14 hrs||9 – 16 hrs|
|3 to 5 years old||10 – 13 hrs||8 – 14 hrs|
|6 to 13 years old||9 – 11 hrs||7 – 12 hrs|
|14 to 17 years old||8 – 10 hrs||7 – 11 hrs|
|Young adults (18 to 25 years old)||7 – 9 hrs||6 – 11 hrs|
|Adults (26 to 64 years old)||7 – 9 hrs||6 – 10 hrs|
|Older adults (65+)||7 – 8 hrs||5 – 9 hrs|
|Source: National Sleep Foundation|
Moreover, not just the sleeping hours are important but the quality matters just as much.
A good adequate sleep leads to many positive consequences such as:
- Reduced stress level
- Fresh start of the day
- Good mood
- No body pain
- A healthy weight
- Improved memory
- Fast learning
- Lower accidents rate
Healthline states that for people to stay heal and hearty, a good sleep is mandatory and not a mere option. However, we live in a busy world today where we are always short on time. We aim to finish our work first at the cost of our sleep. How is this that the one thing that charges us up, we tend to ignore it the most because rest of the other stuff seems more important? We want to give our best to whatever we put our hands to, but sadly we do not realize that an adequate amount of sleep is what ensures a work of quality.
Sleep deprivation is a very common phenomenon in the preset world. It is when one does not get sufficient sleep or rest. When sleep deprived, we must have noticed this behavior in people and in ourselves that we feel drowsy, we don’t want to socialize, we are being grumpy, and we struggle with new information or with even recalling what we already know of.
Sleep deprivation leads to many negative consequences such a:
- Eye bags
- Premature skin aging
- Weight gain
- Inability to cope with depression and stress
- Trouble making decisions
- Emotional instability
- Sex drive reduced
- Body aches
- Poor memory
- Poor performance
- Short to no attention span
- Impaired brain activity
- Headaches/ migraines
- Weakened immune system
If you are one of many sleep deprived people knows that they badly need to sleep then you might be interested in many things people are indulging into for the sake of a good night sleep. American Sleep Association shows that about 35.3% are getting less than 7 hours of sleep due to which other statistics proves that this sleeplessness results in increased rate of weight gain, road accidents by sleep deprived drivers, unintentional sleeping during the day, sleeping disorders and deaths due to sleeplessness.
A person can improve his sleeping pattern by fixing his lifestyle or daily routine. They can start from trying to sleeping early, to wake up early in the morning. It is important to understand that oversleeping in no way means you are getting a quality sleep. Sleeping pattern can also be improved if you make your sleeping environment much more suitable to your liking. But before they get down to fixing their sleep pattern they should try to find out the cause of an irregular sleep pattern. It could be because of your worked up brain or a reaction to some drug you are taking in. there can be many reason to sleeplessness and that is for us to find out.
Instead of the organic way there are many pills that help people calm their nerves and wash off all their worries so they can get few hours of necessary sleep.
Some common sleeping pills include:
- Ambien®, Ambien® CR (zolpidem tartrate)
- Dalmane® (flurazepam hydrochloride)
- Halcion® (triazolam)
- Lunesta® (eszopiclone)
- Prosom® (estazolam)
- Restoril® (temazepam)
- Rozerem® (ramelteon)
- Silenor® (doxepin)
- Sonata® (zaleplon)
- Desyrel® (trazodone)
- Belsomra® (suvorexant)
In addition to the above list, sleep deprived people can also consume phentermine to lower the secondary outcomes of sleep deprivation like weight gain and stress problems. But can it be used as a sleeping pill? Not very much so, one of the few side effects includes insomnia, dry mouthing and sometimes taste impairments.