I usually get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night. Some mornings I wake up refreshed, and others I feel like I worked all night long. How much sleep do we need? How do I improve the quality of my sleep?
According to the National Sleep Foundation, it is difficult to pinpoint how many hours is enough as a general rule for the populous. They recommend each individual assess how they feel throughout the day and ask these following questions.
- Am I productive, healthy and happy on seven hours of sleep, or do I need more sleep?
- Am I experiencing sleep problems?
- Do I drink caffeine to get through the day?
- Do I feel sleepy while driving?
The National Sleep Foundation, after rigorous scientific studies, has come up with a chart for all ages. To visit this information check out sleepfoundation.org. But here is the information on adults:
Younger adults (18-25): 7-9 hours
Adults (26-64) 7-9 hours
Older adults (65+) 7-8 hours
Here are some tips on how to improve your quality of sleep:
- Stick to a sleep schedule, even on weekends
- Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual.
- Exercise daily.
- Evaluate your bedroom to ensure ideal temperature, sound and light.
- Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows.
- Beware of hidden sleep stealers, like alcohol and caffeine.
- Turn off electronics before bed.
Here’s to your Health!
Kim Lowrey, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist
Colon Hydrotherapy Center, Fayetteville, AR