Sleep – How much do adults need?

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.

  1. Am I productive, healthy and happy on seven hours of sleep, or do I need more sleep?
  2. Am I experiencing sleep problems?
  3. Do I drink caffeine to get through the day?
  4. 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:

  1.  Stick to a sleep schedule, even on weekends
  2. Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual.
  3. Exercise daily.
  4. Evaluate your bedroom to ensure ideal temperature, sound and light.
  5. Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows.
  6. Beware of hidden sleep stealers, like alcohol and caffeine.
  7. Turn off electronics before bed.

Here’s to your Health!

Kim Lowrey, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist

Colon Hydrotherapy Center, Fayetteville, AR

479-571-2656

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