Updated: Jun 17, 2020
Getting enough sleep is essential to our overall health and wellbeing. When we miss out on sleep, it affects our physical health and mental capabilities. It can affect how we function, the way we view situations and how we communicate with others. For all these reasons and so much more, it is no wonder that a good night’s sleep is vital to a healthy body and proper brain function.
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How much sleep do you need?
The amount of sleep you need depends on your age, physical makeup and health. Generally children and teenagers need more sleep, about 9-10 hours, while adults usually need at least 8 hours of sleep a night. Not getting enough sleep can affect your mood, memory and health in far-reaching and surprising ways, says Johns Hopkins sleep researcher Patrick Finan, Ph.D
Tips for getting a good night’s sleep
Listen to Your Body
The body runs on a 24-hour circadian clock so it is important to listen to your internal sleep-wake cycle.
Starting a consistent sleep schedule starts with creating a sleep routine. It helps to go to sleep around the same time every night and waking up at a similar time every morning.
If you are feeling tired, listen to your body and go to bed. It's important to get rest when it is needed.
When waking up in the morning, exposure to sunshine (light) helps to keep your body clock on track.