How Much Sleep Do I Need?
How much sleep do I need? Are you getting enough sleep? Is it even possible to get too much sleep? Many people look at sleep as a luxury, something they get only when everything else in their life is going in the right direction. The truth is, however, that sleep is a necessity. It dictates your mood, your weight, your ability to focus, etc.
One of the benefits of buying the right mattress is that you do not have to worry about whether or not you are getting enough sleep your mattress will make it much easier to fall asleep and stay asleep, so you can wake up refreshed. Here are some tips to help you figure out whether or not you are getting enough sleep.
What does your current sleep routine look like?
Do you go to bed at ten at night and wake up at six in the morning? Do you do this every single night? One of the things you should be looking for is consistency. If you have a very consistent sleep schedule, it is probably a healthy sleep schedule and you are probably getting enough sleep. Keep in mind that some people really do only need five hours a sleep at night, while others might need eight or more. Children also need more sleep than adults do, with teenagers needing more sleep (while also usually being the demographic that gets the least) than just about anyone else.
The average adult needs between seven and nine hours of sleep every night. Getting less than seven hours of sleep regularly will usually lead to sleep deprivation. Think carefully about how you feel during the day. Do you often feel sleepy? Do you find yourself needing a nap around three in the afternoon? If you sit in one place for too long, is it very easy for you to find yourself napping?
What does sleep deprivation look like?
If you are not getting enough sleep, whether it is because your mattress is uncomfortable or for a medical or psychological reason, you might be sleep deprived. When most people think about being sleep deprived, they think of insomniacs. You do not have to be an insomniac in order to be deprived of sleep enough that affects your ability to live a normal life. In fact, many people may be walking around, sleep deprived, and not even know it. Here are some symptoms of sleep deprivation:
- Needing an alarm clock in order to wake up at the time they need to wake up every single or most days
- Constantly pushing the snooze on your alarm clock instead of being ready, willing, and able to get out of bed
- Having a hard time convincing yourself to get out bed in the morning, even when you have somewhere to be or a full day of things to do
- Starting to feel sluggish in the early afternoon
- Getting sleepy whenever you are in a dark, warm room (like during a meeting or lecture)
- Getting sleepy after eating or, more dangerously, while driving your car
- Needing to nap in the early afternoon in order to be able to get through the rest of your day
- Constantly having to sleep in three or four extra hours on the weekend in order to feel rested
But is sleep deprivation really that bad for you? Most people labor under the delusion that they can sleep when they’re dead. But for those that do not get enough sleep on a regular basis, death may be closer than for those that do always get enough sleep.
What are the effects of being chronically sleep deprived?
Losing a little bit of sleep once in a long while is not that big of a deal. If you regularly do not get enough sleep, however, you could be seeing very real physical side effects, including:
- A serious lack of motivation to do anything
- Chronic fatigue
- Constant irritability or moodiness that is not tied to any specific situation
- The inability to solve problems or be creative
- Greater susceptibility to colds and similar infections, due to a suppressed immune system
- Gaining weight, even if you do not change your diet or habits
- Inability to process information or make decisions
- Greater risk of developing heart disease and diabetes
It’s a myth that you can pay yourself back when it comes to sleep. For example, people might give up sleep on weeknights and then ‘make up’ that sleep on the weekend. The truth is, however, that this is not enough sleep to really get rid of your sleep deprivation. You have to be willing to really put in the time to get on a better sleep schedule.
What can I do to get more sleep?
The best thing you can do to get more sleep is to buy a high quality mattress. This may sound like a sales pitch, but it is the truth. If you are sleeping on a mattress that is too hard, you are making it difficult for your body to get to sleep. If the mattress is too soft, it may be difficult to stay asleep. Besides actually committing to making sleep a priority in your life, you need to find a mattress that supports how you sleep. When you are comfortable on your bed, you will fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
In addition, if there are noises or lights in your neighborhood that are bothering you, use curtains and earplugs to get rid of them. Turn off your technology and really make an effort not to use it within a half hour of when you want to sleep. You’ll get your seven to nine hours easily!
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