It is becoming common knowledge that one increases the risk of obesity, mood disorders and other health problems by not having enough sleep. Electronic devices such as cell phones, tablets, computers and television, as well as too much caffeine, artificial lighting, and lifestyle are often named as the culprits for the lack of sleep.
According to a recent sleep study, sleep time averaged between 5.7 to 8.5 hours when study participants were left to sleep naturally (without waking to the sound of an alarm, environmental noises, or noise from other members of a family).
On the contrary, Time magazine reported that although not enough sleep is also associated with illnesses such as obesity and depression, too much sleep may also be a problem. (Blue, June 2008)
According to the National Sleep Foundation the amount of sleep one needs depends on one’s lifestyle and health. To determine how much sleep one person needs it is important to evaluate just how much one person needs sleep as compared to that person’s lifestyle (“How Much Sleep Do You Need?”).
Are We All Different?
Some people need more than others, depending on how important sleep is to one’s overall health.
A good way to tell just how much sleep you really need is to see just how you respond to different amounts of sleep. If you have less than eight hours of sleep are you crabby, and is it more difficult to function early in the day? Or is there little difference? Or perhaps you are a person who needs to have an occasional longer sleep time, but most of the time gets by well on less than eight hours without depending on caffeine. Perhaps having had a very stressful day requires more sleep. Also, good diet and exercise improve your quality of sleep.
Some Good Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep Are:
- Make sure you had some daily exercise
- Don’t over do it with alcohol, caffeine or spicy and greasy foods
- Try to keep a regular sleep schedule, going to bed at the same time each night
- Have a regular relaxing bedtime ritual, like rubbing moisturizer over your body, doing a few yoga exercises in bed
- Make sure the temperature in your bedroom is cool and you have enough blankets
- Turn off electronics long before going to bed
- Sleep on a comfortable bed with the right size mattress, like one of our LunaBed memory foam mattresses.
(n.d.). Retrieved October 25, 2015, from Net Doctor: http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/interactive/news/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need-id801803283-t116.html
Blue, L. (June, 2008-6) “How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?” Retireved October 24, 2015, from Time: http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1812420,00.html
(n.d.) “How much Sleep Do You Need?” Retrived October 25, 2015, fro m National Sleep Foundation: https://sleepfoundation.org/excessivesleepiness/how-sleep-works/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need