You feel like you're always going to bed early, but when your alarm goes off, it's hard to open your eyes and you're in a fog all day. You may feel like no matter how much sleep you're getting, you're still tired. But how do you know how much sleep you need?
How much sleep you need varies by age. While newborns under three-months-old may need up to 19 hours of sleep and adults over 65 may need as little as five hours, most adults need about seven to nine hours of sleep a night, according to the National Sleep Foundation. While not getting enough sleep can hurt your health in these sneaky ways, oversleeping and constantly being tired can be a sign of a problem.
What's best, according to Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, an internist who specializes in sleep, fibromyalgia, and pain, is to sleep the amount of time that leaves you feeling the best. "If you are needing more than 10 hours of sleep to feel restored, however, then that suggests that your sleep quality is poor and needs to be addressed," he says.
If you're getting enough sleep on a good schedule or are even oversleeping and still feel tired, it could be a sign of health problems.
Most of us go through our daily lives within one of two states of consciousness: sleep and wakefulness, with little overlap between the two. We may periodically become tired or rundown during the day, and need a little nap to refresh us. We may even doze off occasionally during a boring lecture or a dull movie. But for the most part, when we're awake, we're awake, and when we're asleep, we're asleep.
Now try to imagine what it would be like to live with a condition in which you rarely ever felt fully awake and hardly ever felt fully asleep; existing in a perpetual state where your life always feels caught in between the two, and without a moments notice may suddenly slip from one to the other. For sufferers of the sleep disorder narcolepsy, this is daily life.
The Alaska Sleep Clinic's Educational Web Series gives you 6 tips on getting better sleep everynight.
If you often go through the day feeling tired, lethargic, or just plain lazy, chances are that you're not getting enough quality sleep every night. Here we give you 6 easy sleep tips to help you get that much needed rest so that you feel energized and envigorated all day, every day.
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