Is 8 Hours Of Sleep Really Enough?

July 30, 2019

Is 8 Hours Of Sleep Really Enough?

They say we sleep approximately ⅓ of our lives. This is based on the presumption that we are sleeping an average of 8 hours a night. But do we really sleep that long? And is it enough?


 

Depending on your age, 8 hours might not be enough to keep you from feeling sleep deprived. That feeling you have when you haven’t gotten enough rest. The desire to just lay down and close your eyes. The constant need to yawn. Or that overall “fuzzy” feeling when you just can’t seem to focus. But if 8 hours is the recommended time that an adult sleeps, why is 8 hours sometimes not enough? It’s more than the amount of sleep that we are getting, but the quality of sleep that is important.

 

Quality of sleep matters. Personally, I lay in bed for 8 hours each night, but I am not sleeping for that duration. First is the time it takes me to fall asleep. Then there are the times during the night that I wake from my sleep, such as when I need to use the restroom or if something else has woken me. Another factor to take into account is the type of sleep I am getting.

 

What are the different types of sleep? There is light sleep, REM sleep, and deep sleep. Though all three types of sleep are important, they are definitely not the same. Light sleep is the type of sleep we get the most of each night. In fact, it accounts for approximately half of the time we are asleep. As the name implies, it is the stage of sleep when we are most easily woken. REM sleep is the stage where dreams occur, where your brain is active but your body is not, and this stage accounts for about one-quarter of your nightly slumber. Deep sleep is the most restorative of the sleep stages, and also when you are most disengaged. You aren’t dreaming, you aren’t moving around, and your breathing has slowed down. The best part about deep sleep is there is no such thing as too much! If you are fortunate enough to be a deep sleeper, you might also be fortunate in that you feel well-rested after sleeping. Everyone’s sleep pattern differs, but we don’t always go from light to REM to deep sleep. Our bodies fall in and out of these different stages of sleep throughout the night.

I still haven’t answered the question - is 8 hours of sleep really enough? There answer just might be that there is no answer. Though 8 hours might be the ideal amount of sleep for one adult, it might not be enough sleep for another, or maybe it’s too much sleep for someone else. The important thing to do is to figure out what amount of sleep is enough for you. Pay attention to your sleep pattern. Make your bedroom a mini sanctuary. A place that is comfy and cozy and conducive to good sleep. Track what you do during the day and before you go to bed so that you can alter these behaviors as needed. By doing so, you should be on your way to your best sleep.

How many hours of sleep do you typically get per night? More importantly, is it enough?


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