Snooze and recharge your batteries during the holiday season

Snooze and recharge your batteries during the holiday season

Juggling work, parties, shopping and getting ready for the holidays can make you sleep deprived.

An adequate amount of sleep is an immune system booster.

Sleep helps your body rest, heal and recharge. It also prevents you from gaining weight  and remain alert during the day.

Make sure you get seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Lights out by 11pm.

Human sleep needs can vary by age and among individuals, and sleep is considered to be adequate when there is no daytime sleepiness.

University of California, San Diego psychiatry study of more than one million adults found that people who live the longest self-report sleeping for six to seven hours each night. Another study of sleep duration and mortality risk in women showed similar results.

Hours by age:

Children need more sleep per day in order to develop properly. Source:

Newborns (0–2 months) 12 to 18 hours
Infants (3–11 months) 14 to 15 hours
Toddlers (1–3 years) 12 to 14 hours
Preschoolers (3–5 years) 11 to 13 hours
School-age children (5–10 years) 10 to 11 hours
Adolescents (10–17 years) 8.5 to 9.25 hours
Adults, including elderly 7 to 9 hours
Pregnant women 8(+) hours
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