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How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?

Scientific research makes clear that sleep is essential at any age. Sleep powers the mind, restores the body, and fortifies virtually every system in the body. But how much sleep do we really need in order to get these benefits?

Health experts advise that adults (including older adults) need between 7 and 8 hours of sleep per night. Babies, young children, and teens need even more sleep to stimulate their growth and development. Knowing the general recommendations for how much sleep you need is just the first step. What is more crucial is to reflect on your individual needs based on factors like your activity and health level.

Sleep is important for overall health. When you don’t get enough sleep, it does more than just make you feel tired. It can affect your performance, including your ability to think, react quickly, and form memories. It can also affect your physical health such as increases your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, obesity and diabetes.

In this modern society, we’re at a higher risk of sleep deprivation and its adverse effects due to the environment. However, we’re in control of the situation by adding discipline to our daily lifestyle. It’s also important for us to safeguard ourselves with financial protection should we face any health uncertainties that may develop from lack of sleep. FWD CI First offers coverage for any critical illnesses that may occur to you. Connect with our agent now to get covered.