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How much sleep is enough?

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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