How are you doing after losing one hour of sleep this weekend?
Probably not too good.
Well the National Sleep Foundation understands.
That’s why this week has been designated “National Sleep Awareness” week to encourage the country to get more zzzzz’s.
Each year the National Sleep Foundation conducts a poll cataloging sleep patterns.
This year it focused on how a regular sleep schedule affects pretty much everything in your life.
And surprise surprise, those who reported a more disciplined sleep schedule said they felt healthier throughout the week.
In fact people who stuck to their bedtime and wake time were able to recover better when they did deviate every now and then.
And those who had a more erratic approach to sleep were twice as likely to feel a physical effect when they stray from their pattern.
Those individuals were almost 3 times as likely to report emotional effects and feel less motivated.
According to the National Sleep Federation, the amount of sleep you need depends on your age.
Teenagers aged 14 to 17 should get 8 to 10 hours a night, adults 18 to 64 should get 7 to 9 hours a night, while adults 65 and older need 7 to 8 hours.
So are you getting enough sleep each night?
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