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Am I getting enough sleep?

Find out how much sleep is enough


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Most people have heard that 8 hours of sleep is the ideal amount of sleep needed every night. But is this true?

Experts now say that most people need somewhere between 7 and 9 hours sleep every night, but this varies for everyone. Depending on your age, lifestyle, diet, and other personal things, you might need more or less sleep. Some people can’t function without at least 10 hours, whereas some people will be ready to go at 6 hours. Only you can really decide if you’re getting enough sleep or not.

But how do I know if I’m getting enough sleep?

Well, there are a couple of things you can use to measure if you’re getting enough sleep:

  • Do I struggle to get up when my first alarm goes off?
  • Do I need to lie in on the weekend to catch up on sleep?
  • Do I feel moody and sleepy in the mornings?
  • Is it hard to concentrate and focus during the day? 
  • Is it hard to remember things?

If the answer to any of these is yes, you may not be getting enough sleep.

So what should I do?

One tip is to go to bed half an hour earlier for a week to see if you feel rested the next day. If you still wake up feeling groggy, give it another 15 minutes the following week.

Remember, it’s not also just about the length of sleep, it’s also about the quality of sleep. There are many things you can do to improve the quality of your sleep - check out our 10 top tips on improving your sleep here.

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Published April 26th, 2015
Last updated July 28th, 2015
Tags sleep insomnia health
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