We all know the importance of getting enough sleep – but how much sleep is enough? And, are you getting it?
That number can change as we age because our need for sleep and our sleep patterns evolve. What may have been enough for you five or 10 years ago may not suit you today.
If you have or have had a baby in your life, you know that they sleep a lot – sometimes up to 17 hours per day.
And as we age, that number goes down.
The following chart from the Mayo Clinic lists guidelines by age groups:
Are you sleeping enough?
Everyone is different, so what counts as enough for you, may be too much or too little for someone else.
Here are some great questions to determine if you are getting enough sleep.
Think back to a day or maybe several days when you felt great – days when you felt really rested and energetic and you were really productive.
Got those in your mind? Great! Now answer the following:
What time did you . . .
- go to bed the night before?
- wake up?
- Did you wake up on your own without an alarm?
- Were you fully alert when you opened your eyes?
- Did you feel rested?
- Did you maintain good energy levels during the day?
If you answered “yes” to questions 1 through 4, you’re probably getting enough sleep. If you answered “no” to any of these questions, here are a few more things to consider:
- How was your diet during the day? For example, did you make healthy food choices or not so great ones?
- Did you have a stressful day?
- What did you do just before you went to bed?
If you’re getting enough sleep, fantastic! You’re doing great.
If you’re not, consider your answers to the second set of questions. Maybe some small changes can help you get enough sleep.
If you’re doing everything right and still not sleeping well, AND there are no medical reasons why you just aren’t getting enough sleep, consider hypnosis.
If you see yourself in the above paragraph, why not book a free strategy session. Together we can determine if hypnosis is right for you.