January 23, 2015
By: Laura Bradley
- not having enough energy for your day,
- your mood,
- general sense of well-being,
- your feelings of self esteem and self worth, and
- your ability to do your best in relationships.
People who do not have enough sleep time tend to
- not listen well,
- have less patience,
- act impulsively,
- get into more arguments, and
- hit more lows.
Start by doing a sleep inventory to see if you can pinpoint the possible problem. We recommend you do this for two weeks so you can start see if a pattern emerges.
What is the optimal amount of sleep you should be getting? Experts agree that in healthy adults 7-9 hours of sleep is optimal; however, whether you need 7, 8 or 9 hours, it’s individual and based on lots of factors. Your job is to know what you need to feel your best!
Over the next few weeks track your sleep AND how you feel during your waking hours, as that is truly the best indicator of whether you are indeed getting the sleep you require to feel your best.
After you’ve filled out the chart, look for patterns. Then, whether you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or just not getting enough hours of sleep, take a look at these sleep tips for ideas that may help you.
This is the second part of a two-part series on healthy sleep.
Part 1: 15 Ways to Get a Better Sleep