Are you Sleeping Enough?

sleep-opening-photoWe live a hectic life everyday no matter if you’re a child in school or an adult juggling work and home.

How many times have you exclaimed “There isn’t enough time in the day to do everything!”

But how much sleep is enough? Here’s information we found from the National Sleep Foundation’s website.

Average Sleep by Age

The National Sleep Foundation makes it their mission to champion not only sleep science, but sleep health for the individual. And so, on the eve of their 25th Anniversary, they released the results of a world-class study that took more than two years of research to complete – an update to our most-cited guidelines on how much sleep you really need at each age.

Sleep-Chart

How to Get more Sleep?

how-to-sleep-betterAs recommended by the National Sleep Foundation here are some suggestions:

  1. Establish consistent sleep and wake schedules, even on weekends
  2. Create a regular, relaxing bedtime routine such as soaking in a hot bath or listening to soothing music – begin an hour or more before the time you expect to fall asleep.
  3. Create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool
  4. Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows
  5. Use your bedroom only for sleep and sex (keep “sleep stealers” out of the bedroom – avoid watching TV, using a computer or reading in bed)
  6. Finish eating at least 2-3 hours before your regular bedtime
  7. Exercise regularly.
  8. Avoid caffeine and alcohol products close to bedtime and give up smoking.

National Sleep Foundation

For more information on research results please visit The National Sleep Foundation.

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