How Much Sleep Do I Need?
Sleep is something people need in order to function at their best, as well as improve their health. Therefore, if people are not getting the sleep they need, their health and productivity can suffer.
Our team at AFC Urgent Care Hartsdale wants to share some insight into the symptoms of sleep deprivation, as well as ways you can establish a better routine for sleep.
How Much Sleep Should I Be Getting Each Night?
The amount of sleep you need will vary depending on your age and activity level. But in general, most adults should be getting between seven and nine hours of sleep each night for optimal health.
If your body doesn't get enough sleep consistently, it can rebel—you may experience a wide range of unpleasant symptoms and a higher risk of developing chronic health issues.
Common Signs of Sleep Deprivation
- Difficulty learning
- Poor attention to detail
- Difficulty concentrating
- GI issues
How Do I Know If I Am Missing Out on Sleep?
If you're experiencing any of the symptoms outlined above, particularly over time, you may not be getting enough quality sleep. It's important to pay careful attention to your sleep habits and how much sleep you're getting—and to take steps to get better sleep.
The good news is that in many cases, basic changes to your sleep routine can yield positive results.
Ways to Get More Sleep
- Go to sleep and wake up at same time every day.
- Do not nap after 3 p.m.
- Avoid caffeine late in the day.
- Exercise during the day, but not within the last few hours before bedtime.
- Wind down with a relaxing activity in the couple hours before bed.
- Make the bedroom a cool, dark environment.
- Turn off electronics at least one hour before bedtime.