Get A Good Night's Sleep As Time Changes
This weekend, as clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time, the Florida Department of Health encourages everyone to learn more about the importance of healthy sleeping habits for healthy outcomes, to include healthy weight. Across all age groups, but particularly among children, studies have shown an association between short sleep duration and excess body weight.
"Good sleeping habits are an essential part of a healthy lifestyle," said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. "It's important for Florida's children, adults and families to know how much sleep is recommended for each age group and to plan for the right amount of sleep every night."
In addition to unhealthy weight, insufficient sleep is linked to other chronic conditions including diabetes, heart disease and depression.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends the following hours of sleep for each age group:
Infants 3–11 months: 14–15 hours
Toddlers 1–3 years: 12–14 hours
Pre-schoolers 3–5 years: 11–13 hours
School-aged 5–10 years: 10–11 hours
Teens 10–17: 8.5–9.5 hours
Adults: 7–9 hours
Additional tips for smart sleeping habits include:
Go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time each morning.
Make sure your bedroom is a quiet, dark and relaxing environment, which is neither too hot nor too cold.
Make sure your bed is comfortable and use it only for sleeping, not for other activities, such as reading, watching TV or listening to music.
Avoid large meals before bedtime.