Chances are good that if you aren’t waking up feeling rested, you aren’t getting enough good quality sleep. Around 30% of adults in the US report getting 6 hours of sleep or less a night (1). Research shows the average adult needs 7-9 hours a night and that kids and teenagers need even more sleep!
Myth busted: There is a mentality that we can “catch up” on sleep lost throughout the week, but studies show that just isn’t the case. One study out of Harvard Medical School found reaction times and mental focus remain low even after a “catch up” night of 10 hours after 2 weeks of getting about 6 hours of sleep (3).
What to do about it
I always recommend that people start with the basics. Much like it is common knowledge that eating more vegetables is a healthy eating habit, there are healthy sleeping habits too. These habits help improve sleep quality and can help you get to sleep faster.
Dr. Cheatum and Dr. Doize are Naturopathic doctors writing about health topics from a holistic viewpoint.