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How much sleep do I need?
We all know that sleep is important. Considering that we spend up to one-third of our lives sleeping, it is relevant to know just how much sleep we need each night in to fully recover and thrive.
The National Sleep Foundation has recently revised how many hours it recommends by age group:
- Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours each day (previously it was 12-18)
- Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours (previously it was 14-15)
- Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours (previously it was 12-14)
- Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours (previously it was 11-13)
- School-age children (6-13): 9-11 hours (previously it was 10-11)
- Teenagers (14-17): 8-10 hours (previously it was 8.5-9.5)
- Younger adults (18-25): 7-9 hours (new age category)
- Adults (26-64): 7-9 hours
- Older adults (65+): 7-8 hours (new age category)
Assess your sleep quality
Of course, many factors play into how much sleep we need to be at our best. Not only is it important to get...
Alcohol and Sleep: What You Need to Know
A “nightcap” refers to an alcoholic drink taken before bedtime. It is thought to have evolved from the use of the same word for a hat worn to keep the head warm while sleeping. Most people don’t wear hats to bed anymore, but according to the National Sleep Foundation, alcohol as a sleep aid remains somewhat popular. Up to 20% of Americans use a drink at night to help them fall asleep.
Stress and Sleep: How the two Interact
Stress can put strain on many aspects of your life and sleep is no exception. At the end of the day, a stressful lifestyle can mean that when you’re trying to relax and fall asleep, stress can keep you up instead.
How to adjust to Your Sleep Chronotype
Your sleep chronotype refers to the time of day that you go to bed and wake up. Everyone has a circadian rhythm, which is basically how our biological clock works. This clock is set in part by when you are naturally inclined to sleep. Knowing your sleep chronotype can help you optimize your day and improve your sleep health.