How Many Hours Should I Sleep?

Posted by Tiffany Weekes
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It is obvious that our bodies need rest in order to function properly. If we don’t rest our concentration levels drop, our moods get cloudy, and physically we just don’t feel up to much. So it’s a given that rest is a necessary part of a healthy life, but just how much of it do we need? Here is some advice for those who are struggling to work out just what is best for them.


Of course it is possible that you are not only worried about how many hours you should sleep. New parents may be unsure just how long their baby should be sleeping each day. According to the Mayo Clinic, infants often sleep for up to 16 hours each day. This may sound like wishful thinking, but that’s what they say. Nursery school age kids should get about 11 hours of sleep each night, and children under the age of 13 should get about 10 hours of sleep a night. Teenagers should get nine hours of sleep a night. Sleep is critical for children because lack of sleep may affect their growth rate. Not only can it affect growth but studies have also shown a relationship between lack of sleep and learning difficulties.

The ladies out there who are soon due to become mothers for the first time should not be alarmed if you have suddenly started feeling more drowsy than usual. It is perfectly normal for a pregnant woman to sleep at least two hours more per day than she normally does.


Traditionally it is said that 8 hours is the number that all sleepers should aspire to. Many people will go along with this and probably the majority try to live by it. It is important to remember, however, that there is not really any magic number.

National Health statistics have shown that an acceptable number of hours for adults is 7 hours. While this number sounds like a good one, it does not consider the type of sleep that is being taken within those 7 hours.

For this reason it is essential that you come to understand and control your own sleep rhythms. It is no use saying you have had 8 hours sleep if you those hours were disturbed and saw you moving around in the night.

A lot of people are going to be bed in plenty of time to reach their target of 8 hours but are failing to actually get because of a whole range of extenuating circumstances.

One big thing to get on top of if you want to sleep well is to make sure that you are not eating too heavily or drinking coffee or fizzy drinks before bed. The stimulants founds in these products will make it difficult for you to sleep and will mean the morning comes too quickly and with you in a bad mood!

A huge element that many people fail to appreciate is the importance of your bed on your sleep. You really need to ask yourself whether or not your sleep patterns are being disturbed simply because you don’t want to invest in a high quality bed. Orthopaedic and water beds are brilliant for some people, while others are able to drift soundly away on a more traditional natural mattress.


Whichever way you decide to go, the most important thing to remember is that you are really the only person who knows how much sleep you need. The single most important thing is that it is then solid, comfortable and unbroken. Sweet dreams!


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