Sleep, a state in which we spend about a third of our lives, is essential for the proper functioning of the body. Discover the ideal length of the night according to your age.
Infants need about sixteen to eighteen hours of sleep a day. This long rest is essential for the maturation, learning and development of their brain.
Then the duration will decrease rapidly over the years. From the age of 3, between ten and twelve hours of sleep per night are necessary.
SEVEN HOURS ON AVERAGE AS AN ADULT
During puberty, from the age of 12, the duration is reduced by about two hours per night and goes to nine hours on average. The need for sleep drops again with the transition to adulthood. From the age of 20, it is necessary to stay in the arms of Morpheus for about seven hours.
However, neurologist Marc Rey reminds us that the ideal length of a night varies from one individual to another. “There are short sleepers, who are content to sleep six hours, and ‘heavy sleepers’, who need nine hours or more to be in good shape”, explains the specialist,
Finally, with old age, sleep becomes lighter and more fragmented, but its total duration is not shortened, or only slightly. In the elderly, nocturnal sleep is shorter, but compensated by more frequent and prolonged naps.
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Marc Rey also specifies that the need for sleep varies according to the sex of the person. “Several studies have shown that women generally need more sleep than men, mainly due to hormonal factors,” he notes.