The amount of sleep each person needs depends on many factors, including age. Infants generally require about 16 hours per day, while teenagers need about 9 hours on average. For most adults, 7-8 hours a night appears to be the best amount of sleep, although some people may need as few as 5 hours or as many as 10 hours of sleep each night. The amount of sleep a person needs also increases if he or she has been deprived of sleep in previous days. Getting too little sleep creates a “sleep debt,” which is much like being overdrawn at the bank. Eventually, your body will demand that the debt be repaid. We don’t seem to adapt to getting less sleep than we need; while we may get used to a sleep-depriving schedule, our judgment, reaction time, and other functions are still impaired.
A healthy sleep schedule is a must for optimal health and gorgeous skin. During deep sleep, many of the body’s cells show increased production and reduced breakdown of proteins. Since proteins are the building blocks needed for cell growth and for repair of damage from factors like stress and UV rays, deep sleep may truly be “beauty sleep”.
So during hectic summer schedules, be sure to get plenty of sleep, your skin will thank you for it!