This morning, I started a discussion in the Savvy Living Community about “Beauty Sleep” and knew I needed to expand this topic into a blog post. Sleep is one of those things that we all need (and we typically all need MORE of it than we’re getting).
How many hours of sleep do you typically get per night?
Do you wake up every morning wishing for more sleep, knowing you stayed up too late (like me?). Or are you one who carefully guards her hours in bed?
My husband says that 6 hours of sleep from early in the night to early in the morning leaves him feeling much better than 8 hours from after midnight to late in the morning.
The National Sleep Foundation says there is no “magic number” and each person has a unique “basal sleep need.” I’ve heard that it also changes with age.
Here’s what they say about that:
There is no “magic sleep number”
The first thing experts will tell you about sleep is that there is no “magic number.” Not only do different age groups need different amounts of sleep, but sleep needs are also individual. Just like any other characteristics you are born with, the amount of sleep you need to function best may be different for you than for someone who is of the same age and gender. While you may be at your absolute best sleeping seven hours a night, someone else may clearly need nine hours to have a happy, productive life.
Another thing that the The National Sleep Foundation says about the amount of sleep that people should get is that both too little sleep and too much sleep can be detrimental to a person’s health.
Too much sleep….or too little sleep?
…one thing sleep research certainly has shown is that sleeping too little can not only inhibit your productivity and ability to remember and consolidate information, but lack of sleep can also lead to serious health consequences and jeopardize your safety and the safety of individuals around you.
On the other hand, some research has found that long sleep durations (nine hours or more) are also associated with increased morbidity (illness, accidents) and mortality (death).
I found it a fascinating article.
This summer, I have enjoyed letting my body determine when I’ve had enough sleep. Waking up when I’m done sleeping and not being jolted awake by an alarm (2 hours too early…) has been fabulous.
However, school will be starting at the end of the month, and the kids and I are going to have to re-train our bodies to both get to bed earlier at night and get out of bed earlier in the morning….or we will be suffering!
What about you? What is YOUR perfect amount of sleep (and do you ever get it?)
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