The Down Low On the importance of Sleep!

February 4th, 2015 by Amanda with 1 comment

For all the new mom’s out there or mom’s with little ones or heck mom’s of teenagers!  I know this seems impossible, and you are probably going to read this and scuff, “Yeah, Yeah!”

Every where I turn lately everyone has been talking about the importance of sleep!  We now have devices to track this for us, which can be really en lighting or really depressing once you get your results!

The National Sleep Foundation has issued revised recommendations for “sleep health,” or how much shut-eye is needed to have energy to live normally. Determining where one falls on the “sleep-needs spectrum” includes variables such as age and lifestyle factors — work schedules, technology usage and stress, to name a few.

The report says:

Newborns (0-3 months) should get 14-17 hours of sleep per day, and 18-19 is appropriate
Infants (4-11 months) need 12-15 hours per day, and 15-16 is appropriate
Toddlers (1-2 years old) need 11-14 hours per day; 15-16 is appropriate
Pre-schoolers (ages 3-5 years) need 10-13 hours of sleep, with 14 hours being appropriate
School-age children, or those 6-13 years old, need 9-11 hours per day, with 12 being appropriate
Teenagers should get 8-10 hours of sleep per day, with 11 hours being appropriate
Young adults (18-25 years old) need 7-9 hours per day (10-11 is appropriate)
Adults ages 26-64 years old need at least 7-9 hours per day (10 is appropriate)
Older adults need 7-8 hours each day, with 9 hours being appropriate

Insufficient sleep costs the U.S. around $66 billion in lost productivity each year, according to It causes tens of thousands of traffic accidents, injuries and deaths annually.

Those who sleep in too much on weekends or days off work are doing more harm than good, experts say. Throwing off a sleep schedule causes more sleep debt by making it harder to get to sleep when back on a schedule, says.  I disagree!  I took a 3 hour nap on Sunday – I just crashed!  I never felt better the next day!  I was up at 5:00AM ready to go!

Did you know that you should replace your pillow every year?  And your mattress every at least 7 – 10 years.


I am a side sleeper and I am on a mission to find the perfect pillow!  I visited the Sleep number store in Kenwood this week.  The store associates are very helpful and help you pick a pillow that will best suit you!  I decided to try out the Sleep Number® CoolFit™ Foam Contour Pillow in a 5.  Stay tuned and I will let you all know how I like it!

They have a bed that tracks your sleep!!  A bed!


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