4. Does Everyone Need Eight Hours a Night?

Does Everyone Need Eight Hours a Night

Eight hours is a good average number, but generally speaking, infants and younger children tend to get more, while the elderly often get less. According to research produced by the National Sleep Foundation, seven to nine hours of sleep is the recommended amount for the average adults (hence the focus on eight). In this case, it’s important to listen to your body to determine if you need more or less sleep: feeling overly sluggish can be a sign or both too much or too little, so it’s best to start with eight hours and move up or down from there.

Related: Here’s How Much Sleep You Need According to Your Age

3. Go to bed earlier for better sleep.

Go to bed earlier for better sleep

Establishing a sleep routine can certainly help you get to sleep faster and improve the quality of your sleep. However, doing so is as much about timing as it is about habits. Going to bed earlier is not going to help you get to sleep if you are not changing other aspects of the process, and this can end up working against you in the long run. Instead of focusing on when you go to bed, concentrate on preparing your body for sleep by timing meals and exercises. Immediately before bed, eliminate distractions, such as bright lights or loud noises.

2. A Warm Room Will Help You Sleep, Right?

Sleep

Typically, when we sleep, we think of being warm and cozy. While it is true that most of us wrap up in blankets at bedtime, it is not warmth which helps us to get sleep. In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation, the ideal temperature for sleep is somewhere between 54 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition to a cooler room, a clever way to help your body prep for sleep is to take a warm shower just before bed to raise your temperature. The comparatively cool room will then help you to drift off to sleep much easier.

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1. Medication is the Only Answer for Insomnia.

Medication is the Only Answer for Insomnia

While medication helps for some, there is no cut and dry solution for insomnia. This is because there are many types of insomnia, with many causes, meaning there’s no ‘one size fits all’ option. For some people, exercising before bed (but not right before bed) can help net them a better night’s sleep. Other helpful tips include making sure your body is ready for sleep by limiting stimulation and activity. This means keeping a sleep-friendly room. Sticking to a sleep schedule, even on the weekends, may also help insomniacs get to sleep better because they fall into a routine.

All in all, sleep is both more important and more involved than you might expect.  While there’s a lot that varies from person to person, there are also some key points you definitely shouldn’t compromise. Always listen to your body, and if you wake groggy after plenty of sleep, or have trouble getting to sleep, consider changing up your nighttime (and daytime) habits, including both what you do, and when you do it. You owe it to yourself to get a good night’s rest whenever possible, because believe it or not, sleep affects so many aspects of your life.

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