How Many Hours Of Sleep Do You Really Need!

Catch The Zzzzs You Neeeed Today!

 

In today's crazy world, it seems like we're always trying to catch up with time - which often leaves us with less than the amount of sleep we need.

If this sounds familiar, you're not alone. In fact, one-third of all American adults get less than 7 hours of sleep a night. (1)

And this is a problem, because getting enough sleep is a key step in promoting better health and well-being, so it's more important than ever you know how much sleep you need to achieve your optimal health.

In this blog we talk about how much sleep you need to achieve BETTER mental and physical health!

 

HOW LONG SHOULD I SLEEP

 

Though it would be awesome if there was just one set number we can all have to wake up rested, refreshed, and healthy, this isn't the case. In fact, the amount of sleep we need changes from person to person.

One of the main factors in determining how much sleep you need is your age. Generally speaking, adults need less sleep than children and infants, though individual needs may vary. (2)

Knowing the amount of sleep you need for your mind and body is essential, as you cannot train yourself to get less sleep, despite what many people think. (3)

 

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Many people wonder if being a morning person versus a night person affects how much sleep they need. Truth be told, everyone's biological clock can tick slightly differently, offering some people the benefit of being a lark - a morning person - or an owl - a night person.

However, your internal clock is set to around 24 hours, and in those 24 hours, you need an adequate amount of sleep just like your owl or lark counterpart. (5)

It's also important to look at other factors when determining the exact amount of sleep you need, such as your medical history, lifestyle habits, genetics, and daily routine. (6)

 

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IT'S ABOUT YOU

 

To put it simply, most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night, with children and teens needing more. And for older people who have difficulty sleeping this long, look for naps to help you achieve your necessary sleep requirements.

If you at any point the next day feel sluggish or tired, this may be a sign you're not getting enough sleep. After all, getting enough sleep means feeling awake from morning to bedtime. (7)

It's also important to evaluate the rest of your health, such as your emotional and physical state, after sleep. For example, mental functions like your mood, memory, and alertness can all be affected by sleep, and lack thereof. (8)

 

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And before you get all defensive about how much sleep you need and get, it's important to know that we are not good impartial judges for how much sleep we need.

In fact, even people who think they're functioning well with the amount of sleep they're getting would actually feel better and function more efficiently with more sleep. (10)

Aside from getting your minimum of 7 hours of sleep each night, it also helps to have a regular schedule of when you get that sleep, and being sure your sleep is HIGH-QUALITY during those hours. (11)

 

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COMMON SENSE

 

Even though we can give you some guidelines on what may or may not be recommended, the best way to determine how much sleep you need is by using common sense.

A trick you can use to determine if you're getting enough sleep is to ask yourself if you would sleep past your alarm. If the answer is truly yes, then it's possible your brain needs more sleep than you're getting. (12)

It's also important to treat sleep as importantly as it is. Clear your head, and be sure you're dedicating the night for sleep, which will show in your efficiency from breakfast onward throughout your next day. (13)

 

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A great way to test your sleep schedule is to ask yourself if you need that caffeine in the morning because you're tired or because you're feeling drowsy during lulls throughout the day.

And remember - sleep when you're tired - and don't put so much pressure on yourself if you're not. Instead of resting with your eyes open, simply do something that's quiet like reading or a puzzle, then go to bed when tired. (15)

And real quick - want one more way to figure out if you're getting enough sleep? If you find yourself sleeping longer on days you have off, then you're probably suffering from sleep deprivation. (16)

 

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Sources:
  1. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p0215-enough-sleep.html
  2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/how-many-hours-of-sleep-are-enough/faq-20057898
  3. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/medical-myths-how-much-sleep-do-we-need#2.-Daytime-naps-are-unhealthy
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6267703/
  5. https://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/need-sleep/what-can-you-do/assess-needs
  6. https://health.usnews.com/wellness/articles/how-much-sleep-do-you-need
  7. https://www.helpguide.org/articles/sleep/sleep-needs-get-the-sleep-you-need.htm
  8. https://www.everydayhealth.com/sleep/101/how-much-sleep-do-you-need.aspx
  9. https://www.sleepfoundation.org/sleep-deprivation
  10. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/how-much-sleep-do-i-need/
  11. https://health.gov/myhealthfinder/healthy-living/mental-health-and-relationships/get-enough-sleep
  12. https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/lifestyle/article/how-many-hours-sleep-does-an-adult-need
  13. https://nutritiouslife.com/sleep-deep/how-many-hours-of-sleep-do-you-really-need/
  14. https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drowsy-driving
  15. https://unitedfamilymedicine.org/how-do-you-know-if-youre-getting-enough-sleep/
  16. https://www.ucihealth.org/blog/2017/02/getting-enough-sleep

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