How much sleep should you get to maintain good mental health? Experts respond

How much sleep should you get to maintain good mental health? Experts respond
How much sleep should you get to maintain good mental health? Experts respond

Have a good sleeping habits It can be complicated for many people, perhaps because of the daily routine, occupations or simply because they can’t get to sleep. But it is important to highlight, as the experts explain, that Getting the right amount of sleep can prevent illnessboth physical and mental.

In this sense, experts indicate that those people who stay up late at night are more likely to suffer from mental diseases. A study conducted in Stanford Medicineanalyzed the sleep behavior of 75,000 adults, comparing their sleep time preference with their actual behavior.

Unhealthy sleeping habits

The result of this research suggests that, regardless of the chronotype (natural sleeping preference)going to bed late is detrimental to mental health. “We found that alignment with your chronotype is not crucial here, and that it really Staying up late is not good for your mental health“We’re not doing well in our lives,” explained Jamie Zeitzer, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and senior author of the study.

Zeitzer also indicated that, The worst sleeping habit is “when night owls stay up late into the night.” This behavior explains why night owls are prone to mental and behavioral disorders, including depression and anxiety.

“Night owls have a 20% or 40% chance having been diagnosed with a mental health disorder,” he added.

In conclusion, experts recommend going to bed early, sleeping the right amount of hours and having good sleeping habits to avoid the risk of developing mental illnesses.

How many hours should a person sleep?

On the other hand, in the University of Chicagoemphasize that sleeping well is crucial for memory, for proper brain function, for protecting and strengthening the immune system and for protect the body against heart disease and diabetes.

For this reason, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention They indicated that the appropriate hours for sleeping change with people’s age, as well as:

  • Between 0 and 12 months: From 14 to 17 hours a day.
  • Between 1 and 3 years: From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. a day.
  • Between 3 and 5 years: From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at night.
  • Between 6 and 12 years old: From 9 to 12 hours at night.
  • Between 13 and 18 years old: From 8 to 10 hours at night.
  • Between 18 and 64 years old: From 7 to 9 hours at night.
  • And finally, adults 65 years and older: From 7 to 8 hours at night.
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