May is better sleep month
We all know how important getting a good night’s rest is to our physical and mental health. But, how can you tell whether you’re truly sleeping well? On average, adults should optimally receive between seven and nine hours of sleep each night, but those needs vary individually. For example, some people feel best with eight consecutive hours of sleep, while others do well with six to seven hours at night and daytime napping. Some people feel okay when their sleep schedule changes, while others feel very affected by a new schedule or even one night of insufficient sleep.
Here are some statements about how to determine whether you are truly sleeping well. If these apply to you, it’s a good sign that your sleep is on track:
-You fall asleep within 15-20 minutes of lying down to sleep.
-You regularly sleep a total of seven to nine hours in a 24-hour period.
-While in your bed, your sleep is continuous—you don’t have long periods of lying awake when you wish to be sleeping.
-You wake up feeling refreshed, as if you’ve “filled the tank.”
-You feel alert and are able to be fully productive throughout the waking hours (note, it’s natural for people to feel a dip in alertness during waking hours, but with healthy sleep, alertness returns).
Information taken from http://sleepfoundation.org and the HealthyLife Wellness Program.