How Much Sleep do YOU Really Need

01/06/2015

You have heard it time and time again. You should get so much sleep every night in order to function at your best and make sure that you are not harming your body. How much sleep you get each night is a topic of hot debate, but most people are not getting what is recommended. This is due to modern life getting in the way and between work, overtime, school, kids, and other activities, it is almost impossible to get the recommended amount of sleep.

So, you already know that it is pretty much impossible for you to get the amount of sleep that you should if you want to get everything else done, but how much sleep do you really need? The exact amount of sleep that you will need is actually going to depend on several different factors.

The first factor to take into consideration is your age. As an adult, it is usually recommended that you get somewhere between 7 and 8 hours of sleep. If you’re younger, more sleep is recommended (meaning children and toddler will need up to 11 hours of sleep each night). This is less than the 9 hours or more that is often recommended and 7 hours is often more doable.

But what else is going to influence how much sleep you should be getting each night. The facts to consider are:

· Pregnancy—during pregnancy, there are a lot of changes going on. It is often recommended that you get more sleep so that you can recover from these changes and still feel good.

· Aging—older adults are going to need more sleep and often it is about the same as younger adults. The issue with older adults is that they are much lighter sleepers so they may have trouble getting this amount of sleep.

· Missing sleep before—if you missed out on your sleep earlier in the week or on the weekend, you may find that you will need more sleep in order to make it all up.

· How well you sleep—some people are really deep sleepers and may not need as much sleep as others. Some are light sleepers so in order to get the quality of sleep that is needed, they will need more than the 7 to 8 hours recommended.

These factors can help you determine how much sleep you will need to get. Each person is unique, but making sure that you are getting plenty of sleep throughout the night can help you feel so much better.

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