We all need sleep. It’s a time for rest and a way to re-energise our bodies. However, some of us sleep more than we need and some of us don’t sleep enough! In fact, it can be unhealthy to sleep too much or too little. In today’s post, we ask the question, are YOU getting enough sleep? Or are you getting too much sleep?
First, let’s dive into the ideal hours of sleeping. At every stage of life, our hours of sleep varies. Which is why it is important to understand exactly how much sleep we need:
Now let’s first break down the obvious, why we need enough hours to sleep.
We need to sleep to rejuvenate and restore our bodies. During this time, we grow muscle and repair tissue. Sleep also helps people retain information and perform better on memory tasks. We also need enough sleep so that we aren’t sleepy! When we don’t get enough sleep during the night, we become tired and sleep during the day which makes completing tasks a struggle. Now we know it can be difficult to fall asleep earlier so here’s just a few tips on how to fall asleep faster:
- Drink tea before bed
- Read or journal
- Turn off all lights and minimize noise
- Avoid using your phone before bed
Now, you might be thinking isn’t sleep more good for you?
Studies show that too much sleep can increase the risk of diabetes, strokes and heart diseases. Too much sleep for an adult is generally more than 9 hours. If you are sleeping more than 9 hours on a regular basis, it may be time to get checked. So monitor your sleep to ensure you’re getting just the right amount of sleep!
What about taking naps? You may ask.
Generally taking naps are beneficial for most people. But of course, napping too much can be unhealthy, so you should always ask yourself, why you’re taking naps. If you nap too much and are constantly sleepy, it may be a sign that you aren’t getting enough sleep during the night or may be too stressed. Protip: To avoid the grogginess and disorientation after naps, stay between 15-90 minutes of napping.
So, LiveTribers here’s a question. How many hours do you usually sleep? Are you getting sleep? Or are you getting too much? Do you have trouble keeping with a sleeping schedule? Let us know in the comments!