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Sleep Disturbancehot!Tooltip 02/08/2011 Hits: 16939
Insomnia is when you can’t fall asleep or your sleep is disrupted. Individual sleep needs can vary from person to person, and will also vary according to age, but getting enough sleep is essential to health - it keeps the immune system strong and helps our brains work efficiently. The average amount of sleep a newborn baby needs is 16-20 hours; an adult will need seven to eight hours on average, while for an 80-year-old it’s five hours. But we all tend to have less sleep than we actually need – on average we sleep 60-90 minutes less than we should, and almost everyone experiences sleeping problems at some point in their lives. There are two intermittent stages of sleep which are vital for our bodies – rapid eye movement (REM), where the brain restores itself, and non-REM sleep where hormones are released and the body gets a chance to repair itself.