How Much Sleep Do I Really Need?

It depends on your age and condition from which you are going through. According to the research,

  • A small baby from 0 – 2 months should get 14 – 18 hours sleep.
  • A small baby should get 14 – 15 hours sleep.
  • A kid of age from 1- 3 years should get 12- 14 hours sleep.
  • A kid of age from 3- 5 years should get 11- 13 hours sleep.
  • A kid of age from 5- 10 years should get 10- 11 hours sleep.
  • Adolescent age (10 – 17 years) should get 9 – 10 hours sleep.
  • Adults should get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night.

Note- If you feel like sleeping more on weekend days will complete the lost sleep you might be undergoing over the prior week. Well, you are wrong; it leads to Sunday night insomnia. Therefore, always stick to a stable sleep schedule; this is the best way to control the body’s clock.

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Now let’s look out at the different stages of sleep deprivation according to hours-

At 24 Hours: Weakened Coordination, less Memory, and difficulty in decision making.

People at this early stage of sleep deprivation will have less focused and alertness. The effect of sleep deprivation within 24 hours is similar to the one having blood alcohol content of 0.10 percent. Your body gets weakened in coordination, you might easily forget things and have less Memory, and you will also find difficulty in decision making.

You get more emotional, pay less attention, less hearing capability, and there is a high risk of death from a fatal accident.

At 36 Hours: Physical health starts to get negatively impact

After 36 Hours your body’s health begins to deteriorate. You might suffer from cardiovascular issues and high blood pressure. You will feel dehydrated, and began to lose motivation. Now, your hormone gets affected and not able to control your emotions.

At 48 Hours: Micro-sleeps

After two days of no sleep, you will experience micro-sleeps. The person who hasn’t slept within 48 hours will experience a micro-sleep falls asleep and do not concern about the work he is doing.   Micro-sleeps are similar to blackouts, and the person who is experiencing them is not conscious and aware of the surrounding situation which is occurring.

At 72 Hours: Cognitive Shortfall and illusions

You will feel difficulty in concentration, motivation, and your brain stops to respond and you will not identify the things around you. Even a simple conversation will feel like a chore. You will start to assume the things which are not actually happening in real life.


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Unintentional Sleep Deprivation: Causes and Symptoms

Not all cases of sleep deprivation are intentional. There are other sleeping problems such as insomnia, night terrors, sleep apnea, sleepwalking, restless legs syndrome, and others which can affect sleep.

Go to a sleep specialist if you experience any of the following-

  • Regularly needing sleep medicines.
  • Deficit ability to do work on regular daytime.
  • Choking during sleep.
  • Needing caffeinated beverages throughout the day to stay awake.
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness.
  • Difficulty in staying awake if you are inactive while watching TV, traffic signal, or reading books.
  • Snoring or gasping.
  • A restless sensation or jerking in your legs at night.
  • Feeling tired or falling asleep while driving.



Sleep allows our brain to filter through the memories, forgetting some things so that you remember only important things.


Many of us experience the side effects of sleep deprivation such as feeling tired and cranky or difficulty concentrating things.

We don’t know how much sleeping is necessary for our brains to sleep; sleep is the most important thing for our brains than you might realize. It is like “switching off” your brain when you fall asleep; as the brain works for whole day and always is in active mode.

While you sleep, your brain cycles through two main patterns which are slow-wave sleep and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.

Slow-wave sleep usually occurs at the beginning of the night, it contains slow rhythms of electrical activity across huge numbers of brain cells (which occurs at one to four times per second).

As the night continues, we will go through more and more REM sleep. At the time of REM sleep, we will have strange dreams, and our brains will show us the similar patterns of activity when we are awake.

During sleep, our brain helps us to remember experiences we had during the day.

REM sleep is found to be important for the emotional type of memories such as memories involving fear or procedural memory (such as how to fly in the sky).

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Author: Hiten Patil

Hiten is Content Writer and He write about all platform like health and wellness related blog and other platform as well