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  • Writer's pictureTelina R.Ac

Are you sleeping enough?

Let's be honest, the answer is probably "no".

Most of the time we avoid bedtime because we haven't had the chance to do everything we wanted to do during the day, so we spend our evenings staring at screens.

These same screens (which I'll say now that I have nothing against relaxing and screen time) negatively affect our ability to fall and stay asleep if done too close to bedtime.

We then wake up feeling poorly rested and take borrowed energy from yesterday.

So, how much sleep do you actually need?

The Center for Disease control recommends that children ages 6-12 sleep for 9-12 hours a night, that teens (13-18) sleep for 8-10 hours a night, and that adults age 18 and older sleep for at least 7 hours a night, probably more.

That's probably a bigger number than you are currently seeing.

So, what can you do to get a longer and better sleep?

You can:

  1. Use acupressure points to help get the mind and body ready for sleep.

  2. Go to bed and wake up at consistent times.

  3. Avoid caffeine after 2 pm.

  4. Limit alcohol consumption.

  5. Limit screen time 2-3 hours before bed. See why here.

  6. Create a dark and cool environment.

Sweet Dreams!

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