Sleep is essential for our health. Philips conducted a study in 2021 and found that Singaporeans are a tired bunch. We get on average only 6.8 hours of sleep a night, and our children’s sleep needs differ according to their age.
Sleep deprivation happens when you clock less than the recommended hours needed for a healthy sleep cycle. According to the US National Sleep Foundation, adults should sleep seven to nine hours per night. Dr Sin Gwen Li, a senior consultant at Singapore General Hospital’s department of psychiatry warns against the health effects of sleep deprivation. Sleep, she says, is an important time for the body to “heal, grow, eliminate waste products, and replenish energy stores”.
10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Skimp On Sleep
Sleep is as essential as breathing, eating, and drinking. However, we do not sleep enough. Lack of sleep negatively affects your mental and physical health.