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The Sleep Dilemma: How Much Should You Get?

December 9, 2016 - Stephanie Franklin

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Are you getting enough sleep these days? If you are thinking that you do get enough zzz’s, you may be surprised to know what the experts in the field of sleep psychology and medicine have to say about the matter. The truth is, that many people are just not getting anywhere near the amount of sleep that they should be.

How Much Sleep Do Adults Really Need?

You may think that you need a lot less sleep now that you are an adult. After all, you have got your caffeine routine going strong, and you know that you are no longer growing (though it is true that kids grow as they sleep and it is incredibly important for them).

This is just not the case at all. Sleep is vital to our physical well-being and moods. Adults tend to spend about one-third of their lives sleeping, according to research, and this is great. About 7-8 hours is the recommended amount in order to function well on a day-to-day basis.

The amount of sleep that is necessary for adults is something that was once well known, but as people took on more responsibilities such as a second (or even third) job and began to get addicted to social media and surfing the Internet, it has taken a back seat as a low priority. Being on electronics all day and close to bedtime can mess with your circadian rhythms, or the part of your system that regulates your sleep cycle. Make it easier on yourself by shutting them off at least an hour before the time that you plan on getting ready for bed.

Boost Your Health

In order to experience greater health in your life in general, it is so important to get an appropriate amount of shut-eye. That’s only part of the puzzle, though. That sleep needs to be high quality. That means to go through all of the sleep cycles a few times a night. If this does not happen, it can lead to irritability, trouble with concentrating, and even more serious long-term health issues.

There Is Hope

You will be pleased to learn that there is hope for individuals who have not been sleeping well enough, even for a longer period of time. This requires a great level of commitment and discipline, though. With the right attitude and frame of mind, you surely will be back to having restful sleep that leaves you feeling refreshed when you awaken. Sleep tight!

Stephanie Franklin