SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Whether it’s career or family responsibilities, too much homework, or binge-watching our favorite shows that’s to blame… Americans of all ages are staying up too late and waking up too early. The National Sleep Foundation updated its official sleep recommendations this week and there’s a good chance you and your family are falling short.
Newborns need 14-17 hours and Infants should be getting 12-15. Toddlers and preschoolers should be catching 10-14 hours, and teens need 8-10. Adults should be asleep for 7-9 hours a night.
“All these distractions. You kind of can’t stay away from them at night. The amount of work you have, school work and social activities, social media. It makes it hard to get the right amount of sleep you need,” said 17-year-old Krystian Jurkowski.
Teenagers are the group that’s most likely to be sleep deprived and that’s because of the amount of time they spend throughout the day on laptops, smart phones, tablets and watching tv… Especially in the hour before they lay down to go to sleep.
Sleep experts say your bedroom should not be a bright, stimulating place. It’s for sleep.
“Light is our main circadian driver. The thing that keeps us awake or helps us get up in the morning. The more light exposure you get in the night, the more it makes you want to stay up later,” said Dr. Karin Johnson, director of the sleep clinic at Baystate Medical Center.
Dr. Johnson said sleep deprivation can contribute to depression or anxiety. Chronically tired adults are also more at risk for medical problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and heart attack.