How much sleep should one get over the night? Some people say that “I need only 6 hours of sleep a day in order to function well the next day.” Others need 8 hours, but how much sleep do we actually need a night?
Well, we know sleep is super important for our health and daily function even if you are not professional athlete and your livelihood is not dependent on your performance on the ice, field, or court.
“Every hour of sleep before midnight is worth two after midnight” (Time)
It sounds like a cliché, but the amount of sleep per night is very based of the age, but they are some general rules that apply to certain age groups. I am focusing on the young adults and adults group.
Between 6-7 hours a night is average for young adults and adults. From 6-7 hours of sleep a night most people can rest, but it will not make huge difference in their life. It is like having Monday off. Having 3 days off is nice and people can rest little bit, not enough to fully recover. The best amount of sleep that person can get is between 7:30-8:30 hours a night. It is right amount to feel well rested, but not to sleepy because you slept too much. Everything above 8:30-9:00 hours a night is too much of sleep and it is not healthy.
- these number are based of day to day sleeping pattern. The number can change if staying up late night before, traveling to different time zone or having a physical performance that day