Is 7 Hours Of Sleep Enough? A Sleep Expert Reveals What May Be The More Important Factor
Maybe you’ve noticed that you’re the type of person who can only function on nine, perhaps even nine and a half hours of sleep (same, girl). Or maybe you’re one of those rare people who’s cool with five or six hours of rest in one night. (Seriously though, how?) While the general recommended amount of sleep per night is usually somewhere between seven and nine hours, I’ve always wondered how on Earth seven hours of sleep is enough for anyone. Because, like I said, I personally feel like a zombie when I don’t clock in closer to eight or nine hours of rest in one night. So does it really vary that much from person to person? Or is seven hours a “magic number” of sorts?
Well, according to Dr. Michael Breus, sleep expert and NightFood scientific advisor, the amount of sleep someone needs per night does vary, to an extent. “Every individual’s ‘sleep requirement’ is different,” he tells Elite Daily over email. “And this difference can even change based on activity level, illness, general medical condition, etc.”
However, Breus says what may be even more important to consider than the amount of sleep you get per night, is how many sleep cycles you’re going through each night.