I’ll start this guide with a question – how do you know you’re not getting enough sleep? If you still think EVERYONE needs 8 hours of sleep a night, it’s time to rectify your perception. 8 hours is the average that people sleep a night. Infants and toddlers sleep for up to 12 hours. Teens sleep around 10. People in their 20s and 30s sleep 8 or 9 hours. The older you get, the less you sleep. The elderly don’t need more than 5 hours of sleep a night.
If you’re feeling sluggish during the day, lack of sufficient sleep isn’t necessarily the reason. But if you know for a fact that it is, here are our tips.
DON’T go to bed early
They say the most restful sleep is between 10 pm and 6 am. This isn’t true for everyone though. You just can’t fall asleep before midnight? Then don’t try to. You’re not getting any rest tossing and turning – au contraire. It’s making you even more stressed.
DON’T force yourself to get up early
Unless you have to for work, try not getting up before 8 am. If you’re an afternoon or evening person, this is absolutely imperative.
DON’T drink (too much) water before bedtime
Staying hydrated is all well and good, but there can be too much of a great thing. If you need to take plenty of liquids, do this by 3 pm and NO LATER than that. Otherwise, your bladder will keep you up, effectively preventing you from getting enough sleep.
A glass of wine or a bottle of beer will help you sleep better, but a bottle of wine might well have the opposite effect. If nothing else, it will affect your bladder.
If your problems persist, try being more active during the day, and talk to your doctor about sleeping aids.