State of Readiness

(The Why)
(The Plan)
(The Process)

What Constitutes Healthy Sleep?

  • The amount of sleep you get is extremely important.
  • The type of sleep you get also determines how well-rested you’ll be when you awake.
  • Different people require different amounts of sleep.
    • The vast majority of us need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night.

Two Primary Sleep Stages

  • Non-rapid eye movement (NREM) accounts for longer periods of sleep during which our brain activity and bodily functions slow down.
  • Rapid-eye movement (REM) happens in brief spurts of increased activity in the brain and body. REM is considered the dreaming stage of sleep.
  • The sleep cycle usually begins with a period of about 80 minutes of NREM sleep followed by about 10 minutes of REM sleep.
    • This 90-minute cycle is repeated four to six times each night.

Recommended Hours of Sleep Based on Age

  • Infants 4 months to 12 months
    • 12 to 16 hours per 24 hours, including naps
  • 1 to 2 years
    • 11 to 14 hours per 24 hours, including naps
  • 3 to 5 years
    • 10 to 13 hours per 24 hours, including naps
  • 6 to 12 years
    • 9 to 12 hours per 24 hours
  • 13 to 18 years
    • 8 to 10 hours per 24 hours
  • Adults
    • 7 or more hours a night

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