I run, workout, eat healthy diet, try to keep stress to a minimum and all the other healthy things I'm supposed to do so why is the number of hours I sleep I get such an exception? I'm not getting enough sleep so I've done a little research.
Did you know...
- our bodies are programmed for two natural periods of sleepiness in a 24-hour day no matter how much sleep we've had in the past 24-hours, between midnight and 7 am and 1 pm and 4 pm
- most adults need 7 to 9 hours sleep (I'm happy to get 6!)
- if you don't get the amount of sleep your body needs you start to accumulate a sleep debt, but you can pay the debt of a few hours by getting extra sleep over the next week or so which is why we have such a strong urge to sleep in on Sat mornings (I don't sleep in on the weekends.)
- not getting enough sleep can affect appetite control and overeating
- my daily low time no matter how much sleep I get is 4pm to 6pm (if that is a natural sleepiness time can it be changed?)
- I need about 2 more hours of sleep
- I'm not paying off my sleep debt
- I'm not to the point of overeating due to lack of sleep
- I sleep soundly through the night but when I wake up in the morning it is almost impossible to go back to sleep no matter what time it is (that is the problem)
- in the past month or so I've been up at 2:30am more times than I should (Ugh!)
How about you...
- Do you sleep 7 to 9 hours a night?
- If you wake up too early is it difficult to go back to sleep?
- Do you sleep in on the weekends?
- Do you have a "low time" during the day?
If you have any tips on how to go back to sleep when you wake up too early I'd love to hear them!
(Information found at Web MD)