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What is normal as far as sleep goes, how much should I get, etc?

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Last Updated: 05/03/2021 at 4:53am
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November 2nd, 2014 8:55pm
Sleep is an individual thing. While many studies suggest that the average adult should sleep between 7-10 hours a night, the real question you might want to ask is; do I feel rested when I wake up?
May 21st, 2015 4:58pm
I would normally say 8 hours, but as I get older I am only getting around 6 and it seems to be working out fine.
July 2nd, 2018 4:09pm
sleeping habits can differ from person to person, but to stay functional throughout the day and healthy in general, 7 to 9 hours of slumber is recommended. 10;45 PM is the optimum sleeping time as people usually need at least 15-20 minutes to fall asleep. I hope this helps.
October 25th, 2014 11:55pm
On average, a single person should get from 7-9 hours of sleep per night. If you find yourself groggy while waking up, try going to sleep at a time that works with your REM sleep schedule, you will wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go.
November 13th, 2014 8:44am
six to eight hours is a what a person needs , thats is to be fully rested and less wouldnt be to good but more is good also
November 14th, 2014 11:23pm
An average person should at least get 6 to 8 hours of sleep every night, anything below that is not enough for a person to function properly
November 17th, 2014 8:58am
The best way ill describe how much sleep you need is as follows " The total time after which you can feel totally relaxed and wake up without the alarm".. The need of sleep differs from person to teenagers need more sleep and adults may find less sleep totally adequate.. The best way is to figure it out yourself.. because good sleep increases your creativity, reduces mood swings, supports decision making process and the most important.. It keeps you mentally fit
November 19th, 2014 2:48am
Depending on age, six to eight hours of sleep a night is normal, also there are factors that may require more sleep, such as school, pregnancy ect. However the best way to tell if you are getting a good amount of sleep, is that you should wake up feeling peaceful and rested and not sleepy, setting a routine before bed is always a good option, and to use the bedroom for sleep purposes only, that way when you enter the bedroom, your body realizes that it is time to sleep.
November 19th, 2014 8:46pm
A suggested amount of sleep is eight hours, and this is the amount of sleep that most people get. This is the minimum amount of sleep that your brain needs to function effectively
April 9th, 2015 2:28pm
Some people say they can function on four to six hours of sleep each night, but research shows that adults who get fewer than seven hours of sleep — whether for just one night or over the course of days, weeks, or months — have more difficulty concentrating and more mood problems than people who sleep seven to nine.
May 27th, 2015 10:00pm
Medical professionals suggest getting an average of 8 hours of sleep per night. This may fluctuate depending on where you are in your life, i.e college students typically undergo less hours of sleep with elderly taking more, 8 hours is a good way point. If you are feeling concerned about the amount of sleep you are getting consider talking to people close to you, or reaching out to a medical professional .
June 22nd, 2015 10:07pm
A healthy amount of sleep for a teen is about nine hours or more, but too much sleep can leave you restless the nest night and not enough sleep will leave you tired the next day.
June 30th, 2015 9:56pm
Although it varies by age, it's probably safe to aim for at least 8 hours of sleep each night (and it doesn't hurt to get a little more!). Different people have different needs for sleep; some can function on just 5 hrs, whereas others need a solid 10 hrs to avoid coming to work like a member of the living dead. Listen to your body. (:
November 9th, 2015 5:22am
7 hours are recommended... 8 hours are my favourite... Rest its up to ur rourtine... It it comprises of more strenous physical activities I would suggest to sleep more... It might end up reducing the day time but hey u gotta take care of the health...
April 11th, 2016 5:29am
It is recommended 8-10 hours a night, but of course your schedule will vary depending on the day. For the most part, just try to get in sync and stay consistent. Start getting in-tune with your body's sleep schedule. Example: If you feel tired after 8 hours, try 9 hours. If you feel refreshed after 9 hours of sleep, it may just be right for you. :)
September 5th, 2016 12:41pm
Well I would suggest getting 8 hours sleep at a minimum but it would be very good to get more hours.
September 28th, 2016 12:06am
I believe that peoples sleep cycle changes and is unique to each person. Although when it becomes non resting or none retorative then this may be a time to discuss with your counsellor or GP
March 13th, 2017 3:43am
This is a very difficult question. As a student at a very difficult school, with internships on the weekends, I find that I get 6-4 hours of sleep a night. This is not good for me, personally. I know some people who thrive on it, but i occasionally have to take a day and sleep as long as I can, otherwise I start to crash and burn. I think that if I got 8-9 hours of sleep a night, I would feel a lot better. I think 6-8 is a much more reasonable goal, and definitely one I am currently working towards. You need to find what works for you! I suggest getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night. This does vary with age, though, so if you're younger or older you mighr want to adjust that number. But I would advocate doing it like me -- see what makes you feel awake in the morning and stick with that.
March 21st, 2017 2:27am
It is recommended that most healthy adults get between 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Some people can get away with less and still feel perfectly rested. Another key is to go to bed and get up and approximately the same time. The big question is, do you feel like you are getting enough sleep? This is something many people need to work on as a form of self care.
February 19th, 2018 1:55pm
Between 7 and 8 hours is considered normal, per night. If you know you have difficulty sleeping then try and go to bed earlier and do not use technology a couple of hours prior.
May 8th, 2018 4:49am
For sleep normally people need 7-9 hours, it depends on the person. Lavender is something that is helpful to smell when trying to fall asleep.
September 29th, 2020 2:23pm
Sleep needs vary greatly from person to person. The CDC recommends at least 7 hours for adults but some people need as little as 5 and others might need as much as 10. Cardiovascular health and diet can influence this and accumulated sleep debt can also alter your needs. Healthy sleeping habits are key. Put your phone away and don't look at it before bed and not again until you wake up. Dont drink caffeinated or very sugary drinks before bed. Try to go to bed at the same time every night, even on days off, and see how much sleep you need when you sleep in. If you fall into a good routine, your body will let you know if you need more or less.
May 3rd, 2021 4:53am
Officially, they say people should sleep around 8h a day. Technically, each person has their own need. I've noticed that people with mental disorders needed more hours of sleep because living with those disorders takes away more energy from you than someone who's considerate neurotypical. Oversleeping is as bad as undersleeping: both will cause chronical sleepiness and destroy your body. Relaxation, clean bed, clean air, music help to get the «mood» to be able to sleep. Having a pre-bed ritual aslo helps, not only to relaxe you but to also regulate your brain into knowing when bed time is. And finally, when nothing works, supplements can help, with a doctor suppervision!