how much should i sleep
If you’re asking “How much should I sleep?,” you’re probably not getting enough! That said, it’s tough to get as much shut-eye as you should: between school, work, activities, sports, and your social life, it can be hard to balance everything. We know it sounds so grandma, but if you don’t get enough rest, no matter how much you study or how hard you practice, you won’t perform as well as you would if you had a good night’s sleep.
Ideally, you should get between 8 and 10 hours of sleep every night. Thing is, we know how hard it can be to do that. Here are some facts on sleep and the best ways to maximize and make the most of your shuteye so you can stop dozing off in history class (and spend more time dreaming of your crush overnight)!
*Staying up late and sleeping in late on weekends can disrupt your natural sleep patterns. This will make it harder to sleep in general.
*Sleep deprivation can affect your memory. While pulling an all-nighter to cram for a test seems like a good idea, by the time you sit down with your No. 2 pencil, you may forget a lot of what you worked so hard to memorize.
*If you don’t sleep enough, you may crave sweets or junk food more than usual. This can lead to weight gain, fatigue, and feeling even more tired once your blood sugar crashes.
*Lack of sleep can make driving just as — if not more — dangerous than drinking. This is especially true in the case of “highway hypnosis,” when even someone with a full night’s sleep can zone out.
*Not sleeping enough can make you cranky! If you’re stressed out, you’re likely to lash out at your buds. That’s bad news!
*Naps can help, but if they’re too long or too close to your normal bedtime, they can hinder your ability to sleep at night.
*Don’t use the snooze button. If you set an alarm for 7:00 but keep hitting snooze til 7:45, those 45 minutes of sleep won’t be as beneficial as simply setting your alarm for 7:45 and waking up once. Be honest with yourself!
*Avoid caffeine (coffee, tea, soda, chocolate, and energy drinks are all culprits) late in the day in order to sleep well at night. Try not to consume any of those after 3 PM!
*Keep a diary or make lists before bed. This will keep you from staying awake stressing over everything you need to do!
*Try avoiding your TV, phone, and computer for at least an hour before bed. We know those “goodnight” texts are cute, but they may be keeping you up!
*Establishing a routine will make getting to sleep easier. Have a set bedtime and waking time, and have a bedtime ritual: reading a book, taking a bath or shower (this also saves you time in the AM). Your body will get used to it and see it as signals to fall asleep soon.
What’s your usual bedtime? Do you have a bedtime ritual? Do you still wonder “How much should I sleep?” Tell us in the comments!
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how much should i sleep