How many hours should we sleep in a day?
A good night’s sleep is essential for optimal health and well-being. Adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep a night according to the National Sleep Foundation. Doing so can help maintain a healthy weight, improve mood, reduce stress, boost energy levels, and fight off physical ailments like asthma attacks or heart disease.
Some people have trouble sleeping at night because they are unable to fall or stay asleep – this can become frustrating if it occurs often. However, there are many things that experts agree can help you sleep better- such as following a sleep routine, exercising regularly, limiting caffeine intake too close to bedtime (e.g., after lunch), limiting alcohol intake too close to bedtime (e.g. after dinner), and ensuring your bedroom is the right temperature for you to sleep comfortably (e.g., not too hot or too cold).
Several prescription medications are available that can help you sleep better if you have trouble sleeping. They are safe, effective, and nonaddictive. It is important to review any possible side effects with a physician before beginning a prescription medication regimen, as well as be aware of any of the differences in dosages available when trying a different sleeping pill than what you are currently using.
You should also know that there may be some alternatives to taking prescription sleeping pills. Some people can help themselves get to sleep by practicing meditation, yoga, or relaxation techniques before bedtime.