Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

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Sleep studies consistently indicate that a between 50% – 65% of people do not get enough sleep. There are so many reasons for this lack of rest: stress, work, using electronics prior to bedtime, poor health, alcohol, naps, depression, inhospitable sleep environment, stimulants, the dreaded insomnia, and more.

It really should come as no surprise that we humans don’t get enough sleep. But how much sleep is enough? The National Sleep Foundation recently released new sleep recommendations.


SleepGraph

 

What are some suggestions to encourage a good night’s sleep? Check out some suggestions below from the National Sleep Foundation:

  • Stick to a sleep schedule , even on weekends.
  • Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual preferably without alcohol.
  • Exercise daily.
  • Keep your bedroom clean.
  • Sleep on a clean, comfortable mattress, and pillows.
  • Limit alcohol and caffeine before bedtime.
  • Don’t go to bed hungry.
  • Turn off electronics before bed.

 

It doesn’t matter if you are an early bird or night owl, rest is essential to good health. Do you have any tips for a good night’s sleep? Do you wish you could improve your sleep habits? Let me know in the comments.

14 thoughts on “Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

  1. I didn’t realize that going to sleep hungry can interrupt sleep. I try to not eat past a certain time and end up feeling hungry. Maybe I’ll grab some fruits and veggies to satisfy the hunger pangs a bit. Turning off the electronics will be a little harder habit to break but a necessary one. Great post and very helpful 🙂

  2. The nice thing about college is that I finally have a sleep schedule that matches my circadian rhythm. I go to sleep between 11-12 and get up at 8-9 now. I still find myself being exhausted throughout the day though, despite getting the recommended amount of shut-eye.

    • Well, you are a busy college student what with school work, friends, family, travel, blog, and other social media stuff. I’m not surprised you’re worn our by the end of the day. 🙂

  3. Margaret Thatcher was quite happy with only 4 hours of sleep. Good grief. It takes me 4 hours to get to sleep! But I have found that chamomile tea before bed does wonders!

    • Yep, chamomile tea is the best. I can’t function unless I get at least 6-7 hours. I have no clue how Thatcher did it. Probably the reason she did so much. I’m sure there are outliers to this recommendation. I am not one of them.

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