How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

Sleeping is something that every single person does, obviously. The difference with everybody is the amount of sleep that they get. Some people claim they are fine on just a few hours each night. Others say they have to get a full 8-9 hours to feel rested. Then you have those that could lay in bed and sleep all day. So with everyone having there own opinion on how much sleep is needed, the question is, how much sleep do you need?

Sleeping is vital to our overall health and well being. We spend a good portion of our life in bed sleeping. Nearly 1/3rd of our life will be spent sleeping. That is a huge chunk of our lives. Even though most of us know that getting a good nights sleep is important, many do not realize how much you really need. The thing is though, that depending on your age and a few other factors, the amount of sleep does vary from person to person. 

Now since each person is different, there are a few things you can do or monitor to see if you are obtaining the proper amount of sleep each night. Below are a few questions you need to ask yourself to see if you are getting the right amount of sleep for your body.

  • Do you feel happy, productive & energetic on 7 hours of sleep? Or do you always feel groggy and have a hard time getting out of bed?
  • Do you experience any type of sleeping problems that prevent you from sleeping peacefully through the night?
  • Are there health issues such as being overweight that prevent you from sleeping soundly?
  • When you drive, do you feel tired or restless?
  • Is caffeine your go to in the morning to wake yourself up or to feel productive?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then chances are you are not receiving the proper amount of sleep for yourself. We all know there are not enough hours in the day but if you need to find a way to sleep an extra hour or two each night, then find a way to make it happen. If you can sleep a little longer and feel even better in the mornings, then chances are you will be more productive during the day. This way you won’t need to stay awake longer to get task done because you’ll have more energy during your normal hours of the day.

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