It’s sometimes hard to know whether we’re getting enough sleep. Some people seem to survive on four hours, while others need longer to feel truly rested.
But how much sleep do we really need? And how do we ensure we get a good night’s sleep?
It can be tricky to unwind after a busy day and stop worrying about life, but there are lots of ways to prepare for bed to ensure a good night’s sleep.
Make sure you shut off your computer and phones and take some time to relax before bed. Why not try using a hobby to settle down in the evening? Pick something that keeps your hands busy while allowing your mind to drift, whether it’s colouring, knitting, crochet or papercutting, it’s all good.
Here are a few facts about sleep that you might not know…
Sleep is in the genes
Some people are naturally long sleepers and some are short sleepers, according to Wallace B Mendelson, author of The Science of Sleep: “Well-known figures such as Napoleon, Thomas Edison, and Margaret Thatcher are said to have gotten by with relatively short sleep, while others including Einstein were reported to sleep longer than average.”
Long sleepers are more creative
Yes, you read that right. Studies have shown that if you spend more time in bed (over 9 hours!), you’re more likely to be a creative individual. As if we needed an excuse for a lie-in!
Wallace says people who sleep less than 6 hours are “more hard-working, conventional in their standards, and less artistic than long sleepers “.
Want to have a good night’s sleep? Go to Australia
Sleep varies depending on your nationality. The Japanese manage around 7 hours and 14 minutes per night, Brits get 8 hours and 23 minutes, Americans sleep for 8 hours and 27 minutes, but the Aussies sleep for 8 hours and 31 minutes on average!
Your age determines the amount of sleep you need
Newborns need up to 16 hours a day, but this decreases as children get older. By the time you hit your teens, you need 9-10 hours per night, which drops to 7-8 hours when you reach adulthood.
You spend a third of your life sleeping
Humans spend around a third of their lives asleep! Make sure your bedroom is really comfy, because you’re going to be spending a lot of time there.
Sleep deprivation can make you depressed
Sleep deprivation can affect your mental health and make you more prone depression, as well as a string of other health problems including diabetes, hypertension and obesity.
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