According to the CDC, newborns need around 16-18 hours a day, preschool–aged children need 11-12 hours a day and school–aged children need at least 10 hours a day. Teens need a little less sleep with 9-10 hours a day and adults come in with the least at 7-8 hours a day. Are you surprised? You can take steps to improve your sleep habits. Try these helpful tips.
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day
- Keep the same sleep schedule on weeknights and weekends
- Use the hour before bed for quiet time
- Avoid large meals within a couple hours of bedtime
- Avoid alcoholic drinks, nicotine and caffeine (including caffeinated soda, coffee, tea and chocolate)
- Keep your bedroom quiet, cool and dark
- Take a hot bath or use relaxation techniques before bed
This week, we challenge you to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night and see if you feel a difference. If you are successful, let us know with a comment below.
Source: National Institutes of Health & CDC
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