sleep, n.: The unconscious state or condition regularly and naturally assumed by man and animals, during which the activity of the nervous system is almost or entirely suspended, and recuperation of its powers takes place; slumber, repose.
sleep, v.: To take repose by the natural suspension of consciousness; to be in the state of sleep; to slumber.
- Eyes are closed
- The person is still or not moving, usually
- The person's breathing is slow, deep, and regular
- The person is not as responsive; to get someone asleep to respond to you, you must wake him or her
- What other signs are there that someone is sleeping?
(Boston, where The English Avocado lives, has a severe problem with homelessness. See an article about that here. But at least Massachusetts, the state where Boston is located, has a "right to shelter" law, which guarantees emergency housing for families that qualify. Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 23B, sec. 30.)
Another necessity is getting enough sleep. The National Sleep Foundation published an article that declared the consensus for how much sleep people of different ages need. You can see that article here. These graphs represent how much sleep people of differing ages need.
|Sleep needed by age group.|
- newborns: between 14 and 17 hours
- infants: 12 - 15 hours
- toddlers: 11 - 14 hours
- preschoolers: 10 - 13 hours
- school-aged children: 9 - 11 hours
- teenagers: 8 - 10 hours
- young adults and adults: 7 - 9 hours
- older adults: 7 - 8 hours
|Sleep deficiency is a problem.|
(I just learned that sleep deprivation is a problem among teenagers in the United States, too. In 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics found that two-thirds of teenagers were not getting enough sleep. The Academy urged that schools open later in the day to help fight this problem. This view is shared by the CDC.)