A good night`s sleep is essential for good health and allows the brain to eliminate toxins. And, while lack of sleep is harmful, excessive sleep can also negatively affect the health.
How Long Should You Sleep?
Although adults need to have around 8 hours of sleep at night, this is not adequate for all ages. For example, children under 18 need to get more sleep.
The following chart shows the newest recommendations by the National Sleep Foundation. They are based on numerous studies conducted by experts in physiology, sleep and anatomy as well as neurology, pediatrics, gynecology and gerontology:
Even though having an hour less or more sleep from time to time is not serious, making this a habit may lead to serious health problems. These are the 3 reasons why you should pay attention to your sleeping habits:
1. Back Pain
Pain in the back can be pretty debilitating, leaving you in bed and making you unable to move or stand up. Excessive sleep can make you more prone to back pain since it weakens the muscles on your back. So, instead of staying in bed, do some low-intensity exercises to strengthen your back muscles.