How much sleep do you need? More than you’re getting
Getting enough restful sleep is a challenge. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one third of Americans get less sleep than they should.
That’s a big problem. Sleep deprivation has now been linked to serious health risks, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity and depression.
But how much sleep do you really need? And how can you get it? This guide will uncover the secrets of sleep.
How many hours?
The recommended daily amount of sleep for adults is a minimum of 7 hours. A full 8 hours, though, is the ideal sleep duration you should get each night.
Those are the guidelines set by the CDC, as well as NIH (National Institutes of Health), but everyone is different. Figure out the number of hours you personally need to be at your best, and make it a priority to hit that number.
Am I getting enough hours of sleep?
Most of us don’t know exactly when we fall asleep each night, so it can be tricky to figure out if you’re actually hitting 8 hours. The most surefire way to know if you are getting enough shut-eye is to track your sleep.
There are 3 main ways to do it, and you can start tonight.