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How Much Sleep Do I Need?


With sleep-deprivation at an all-time high, it’s important to stop and ask yourself: “Am I sleeping enough?”

The consequences of chronic lack of sleep are well documented; and while you may think you’re getting enough, do your sleep habits match-up with medical recommendations?

What about your children?

Or your pets?

Sleep is not just important; it’s necessary for our bodies to function properly. Every aspect of our health — both physical and mental — is impacted by the quality of our sleep.

Knowing the sleep requirements for every age enables you to take proactive steps to improving your overall well-being.


During the first four weeks of life, babies require 14-17 hours of sleep per day. However — as any new parent is painfully aware of — at this stage it all takes place during short cycles of just a few minutes to 2-4 hours.

Newborns’ sleep cycles are not yet regulated by circadian rhythms — our internal body clock guided by daily cycles of light and dark.

For this reason, there is no seeming pattern to your baby’s sleep at this age: This is entirely normal and healthy as long as baby is sleeping the recommended hours over the course of the day.


NestMaven.com, excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com, Dec. 1, 2017


Alisa is an avid yogi, health enthusiast and lover of life and especially enjoys a good nights sleep. As a sufferer of insomnia she is passionate about spreading the science of healthy and restful sleep but also enjoys reading a good book, cooking a healthy meal or spending time with her dog Lashka.