Sleeping late after midnight is not always an indication of insomnia - The clock struck midnight and yet your eyes are still open. This condition often occurs, especially in young adults. And you question yourself, do I have insomnia?

The answer is no. According to sleep health practitioner from Mitra Kemayoran Hospital, dr Andreas Prasadja, RPSGT, most people think that having problems getting to sleep at night means they have insomnia. As a matter of fact, this is a normal condition which is consistent with one’s biological clock.

“A young adult (below 30 years old) sleeps on 1o’clock in the morning is normal,” dr Andreas said in a talkshow Obrolan Langsat at Rumah Langsat on Thursday, 29 March 2012.

According to Andreas, each person has different biological clock. The older someone gets, the need for sleep tends to lessen. In children, they need up to 12 hours of sleep, while young adults need up to 8.5 – 9 hours of sleep, and adults need up to 8 hours of sleep.

“For people above 30 years old, they are usually already sleepy on 10 PM since it is their biological clock,” he said.

However, people in early 20s have problems getting to sleep on 10 PM because adolescent and young adults have very particular biological clocks. On 10 PM, their brains are still fresh and on prime conditions, resulting in full creativity. This is the right time for them to work and study.

“Normally, they feel sleepy after midnight,” he added.

Unfortunately, in their age, young adults and adolescents have to adjust to most adults’ schedule, where activities usually start on 8 AM in the morning, and students have to be in school by 6.30 AM. No wonder people in these age groups usually are the groups of people who experience lack of sleep.


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