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The amount of sleep required by each person varies. On average, people sleep between 7-9 hours a night, depending on a variety of things. Some people can function well with only 5-6 hours of sleep a night, whereas others may need up to 10 hours. It’s important that you find your own level.
There may be aspects of your lifestyle that are contributing to your tiredness. You might be feeling that you don’t have enough time in your day, or you might have developed unhelpful habits. Have a look at some of the following lifestyle factors to see if they’re relevant to you:
Sleep hygiene involves following a set of rules that will help you get a good night’s sleep. This usually involves having a wind-down routine, making your bedroom sleep-friendly and sleeping at regular times. Get more tips on getting better sleep here.
All sorts of things can disrupt our sleep. Stress and strain can lead to sleep problems in the short term, but your sleep should go back to normal once the stress has resolved. If you’re continuing to have difficulty sleeping, this is usually because bad sleeping habits have developed, or worries about sleeping have started to take over.
Sleep is vital for our minds and bodies. While we sleep, our brains process memories and sort out things that have happened in the day. Sleep also gives our muscles much needed rest and helps our bodies restore, heal and grow. The harder our bodies work, the more rest they need.