Are you catching enough z’s?
Do you notice yourself having a difficult time concentrating and thinking clearly? Are you getting sick more often? Do you just feel off and tired? You may not be getting enough sleep each night.
It’s recommended that teens, or those ages 14 to 17, get between eight and 10 hours of sleep each night. Young adults, those ages 18 to 25, should be getting between seven and nine hours of sleep each night…
Everyone knows that sleep is essential to a healthy and energized body. Just how much sleep we need is even more important. The Sleep Foundation recently released their recommended hours of sleep per night for different age groups ranging from newborns to old adults. It’s recommended that teens, or those ages 14 to 17, get between eight and 10 hours of sleep each night. Young adults, those ages 18 to 25, should be getting between seven and nine hours of sleep each night, and adults, ages 26 to 64, are recommended the same amount.
I know from personal experience that it’s difficult to get that much sleep being a student and having other obligations, but sleep should be a priority. It’s so essential to all the body’s functions and shouldn’t be avoided or cut short.
According to the Sleep Foundation, “some studies have shown sleep deprivation leaves people vulnerable to attention lapses, reduced cognition, delayed reactions, and mood shifts.”
Do yourself and your body a favor and get the sleep you need!
By Cierra Lemott, Sophomore, Columbia College Chicago
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