How much sleep do I need? Wakey Wakey!

Is it really true that you need eight hours of sleep per night? After all, Albert Einstein slept 10 hours per night and took regular naps, but Thomas Edison, on the other hand, slept three or four hours a night and viewed sleep as a waste of time.

Chances are, you fall somewhere in between. You can determine your basal sleep need to figure out how much sleep you need per night to feel well-rested and functioning. First, set your alarm for the time you want to wake up every day. A consistent routine is key to a good night’s sleep. Next, pay attention to your body. Is the consistent wake up time making you tired? If so, you need more sleep- so go to bed fifteen minutes earlier the next night. Repeat this process until you no longer need your alarm to wake up in the morning, and repeat this bedtime and wakeup time for sleep efficiency.

By following this routine, you’ll be able to repay your sleep debt and figure out how much sleep you need as a baseline. With a consistent sleep routine, you’ll feel better and your brain and body will function at a higher level.

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