A prominent neurologist from hyderabad has made news with a warning on sleep. Dr. Sudhir Kumar of Apollo Hospitals emphasizes the importance of sleep for our health. He claims that missing even one hour of sleep may have a significant impact, and it might take days to recover fully. This has sparked a discussion over how much sleep we truly require to remain healthy.
"If you lose even one hour of sleep, it could take four days to recover," Dr Kumar wrote on X, citing the negative consequences of insufficient sleep, such as headaches, poor attention, increased irritability, and worse decision-making.

The post on X went viral with over 86.6K views, 695 likes and 146 reposts with many sharing their relationship with sleep. To a follow-up question of whether sleeping during the day can compensate for lost sleep in the night, Dr Sudhir replied: ‘Absolutely.’

“Absolutely. Sleeping for 7-9 hours at night in one go is the best option. However, if someone can’t get the entire quota of sleep at night, he/she could compensate for the deficit in sleep by sleeping during daytime (second best option),” he replied.

One more X user asked the doctor about necessary hours of sleep required for a healthy life and, he replied.
“The average daily amount of sleep needed, by age, is: Newborns (up to 3 months old): 14 to 17 hours. Infants (4 to 12 months old): 12 to 16 hours, including naptime. Young children (1 to 5 years old): 10 to 14 hours, including naptime. School-aged children (6 to 12 years old): 9 to 12 hours. Teenagers (13 to 18 years old): 8 to 10 hours. Adults (18 years and up): 7 to 9 hours,” he said.

To one more question on school-going children struggling to sleep, he replied:

“Yes, they lose sleep on account of two reasons: 1. Use of gadgets in late evenings, 2. They need to wake up early to catch school bus.”


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