Do you struggle with just how much sleep you need each night? Maybe you find that it’s keeping you up? Are you getting enough? Or maybe too much?
Who REALLY knows?
Well, come to find out, researchers from the National Sleep Foundation conducted a two-year study. In this study, that magic number is between seven and nine hours for most adults.
It’s even noted that, as our bodies age, the amount of sleep one needs changes.
- NEWBORNS: 14-17 hours
- INFANTS: 12-15 hours
- TODDLERS: 11-14 hours
- PRESCHOOLERS: 10-13 hours
- ELEMENTARY SCHOOLERS: 9-11 hours
- TEENAGERS: 8-10 hours
- YOUNG ADULTS TO ADULTS: 7-9 hours
- OLDER ADULTS: 7-8 hours
Now, you do need to accept that everyone is different. And, it’s also worth noting that there are a handful of sleep disorders out there preventing you from getting either the right amount of sleep or just plain not being able to.
Forget about trying to “catch up” on sleep because that’s just a myth.
One idea of thought is to just be as consistent with your routine and schedule as you can. Don’t stay up late one night and go to bed early the next. You’re just setting yourself up for failure.
And, when it comes to getting the right amount of sleep for you… sleep for as long as your mind and body needs.
Speaking for myself, I don’t require a lot of sleep. I find that I do best when I’m in the area of 5-6 hours a night.