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Is 7 hours of Sleep Enough?

It can be challenging at times trying to figure out what is the recommended amount of sleep an adult should get.  Depending on which article you read, you will see anywhere from 6 to 9 hours a night.  Even knowing this, many people still find it difficult to get those hours necessary to help get them ready for the next day. 

Whether it be due to work, kids or finding time to hang out with friends, sleep can sometimes be low on the priority list.  We all know that getting enough sleep is not only important for daily function, but most importantly your health.  Also, keep in mind that everyone is different and that some people can function with less rest than others. 

Trying to figure out the right amount of sleep that works best for you is what matters.  Feeling energized and making sure you are functioning at your optimal level.  Managing sleep is about trying to figure out a schedule that works for your body and making sure you stick with it.

Sleep Is Good For Your Health

We all know that feeling you get when you’ve had a good night’s rest.  You feel like you can take on anything that is thrown at you throughout the day.  There’s a reason for this.  Getting enough sleep helps with brain function during the day. 

Have you ever had to talk to someone that was tired and it takes them a while to respond to what was being said?  Well that’s because the neurons in the brain are not functioning at full capacity due to not getting enough rest.  A tired brain makes it not only hard to communicate with people, but also retain any information that is given. 

Getting enough sleep is not only good for your mental health, but it can be good for you physically as well.  Sleeping helps the body repair muscles and tissues and also boost your immune system  In order to wake up fresh and energized, getting quality sleep is a must. 

Also not getting enough sleep can be linked to many causes of poor health, like weight gain, high blood pressure and depression.  Lack of sleep can take a toll on your mood, energy and judgement.  Your ability to handle stress can also be affected by your lack of sleep.  By understanding your sleep habits, you can make sure to recover from loss of sleep.

Are You Getting Enough Rest?

How do you feel when you you wake up from a night’s rest?  Do you feel like you could use another 1-2 more hours of sleep?  If so, maybe you are not getting enough rest. 

There could be many reasons why you may not be getting a sufficient amount of sleep during the night.  Maybe you work the night shift and you find it hard to sleep during the day with all the light and excess noise.

In a caffeine driven world we live in today, we need to be alert in order to complete tasks on time.  So we tend to make caffeine our breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

You can’t step outside in the morning without someone having a cup of coffee or energy drink in their hand to get them through the day. 

Now I’m not here to bash coffee drinkers, because coffee definitely has its benefits, but when taken in amounts that can affect sleep, then there should be some cause for concern.

Assess your Sleep Pattern

A helpful way of trying to figure out your sleep pattern is when the next time you are on vacation from work.  Try waking up without an alarm clock for a week.  I say a week because a couple of days like during the weekend, your body is still trying to catch up on all the sleep it has missed due to your hectic work schedule. 

So try waking up without an alarm clock and find out when your body naturally wakes up.  From there you can determine what time you need to go to bed in order to get the amount of sleep needed to function properly the next morning.

Quality vs Quantity

Although the amount of rest you get is important, the quality of your sleep is equally important.  If you see yourself waking up multiple times during the night, even if you get the recommended amount of sleep, you could still find yourself tired due to being restless. 

You want to make sure you are getting that deep sleep to ensure you are well rested for the following day.  Making sure you limit your alcohol consumption or even smoking can be a big help in how you feel the next day.

So what are some of the ways you try to make sure you are getting a good nights rest every night?  Please leave your comments and ideas below.