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Nasha is a Senior Editor for health and wellness at CNET. She is a nutrition, mental health and sleep science enthusiast. Her passion for mindful and holistic practices transcends her personal life and profoundly influences her editorial approach, as she weaves evidence-based insights with practical advice to inspire readers to lead healthier, more balanced lives. Throughout her career, she's covered various topics including financial services, technology, travel and wellness.
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Most people know sleep is important, but so many of us continue to get too little of it. Besides making you feel exhausted (and desperate for your morning coffee), failing to get enough shut-eye can have serious effects on your body and mind.
You might be asking, How much sleep do I need? How do I know if I'm not getting enough? How can I sleep more? This guide will uncover the secrets of sleep.
Is six hours of sleep enough for an adult? The short answer is no. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at least seven hours of sleep each night. A full eight hours is considered the ideal sleep duration you should get each night.
Figure out the number of sleep hours you need to get to be at your best, and make it a priority to hit that number.
Most of us don't know exactly when we fall asleep each night, so it can be tricky to figure out if you're actually hitting eight hours. The most surefire way to know if you are getting enough shut-eye is to track your sleep.
There are three main ways to do it, and you can start tonight.
It's 11 a.m. or maybe 2 p.m. and you're dragging. You can't help from nodding off periodically throughout the day. That's not supposed to happen after a good night's sleep.
Forgetfulness and poor concentration
You can't recall facts and figures you should easily remember. Or perhaps you've had one too many forgetful episodes recently.
For instance, you often find yourself misplacing your keys, or walking out the door without your wallet or phone. Studies indicate a link between cognitive ability and total sleep time.
Irritability and anxiety
Are people rubbing you the wrong way lately? Have you noticed that you've been more nervous or worried than usual? Our levels of irritability and anxiety can shoot up when we are starved for restful sleep.
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.