How much sleep is the perfect amount of sleep? The answer varies from person to person. Many people do just fine with less than six hours per night while other people can not function with less than eight hours of sleep per night. Another factor to consider is age, it's not uncommon to need less sleep per night as you age more.
Only you can decide if you are getting enough restful sleep every night. You should not be comparing your sleeping patterns to other peoples sleeping patterns. So how can you tell if you are getting enough sleep? One way to know if you are getting enough rest at night is if you wake feeling re-freshened and ready to start the day then you are particularly getting enough sleep. On the other hand if you wake up feeling really tired or even more tired than you were when you went to bed then you are probably not getting enough sleep. Another indication of not getting enough sleep is difficulty concentrating through the day.
If you think you are not getting enough sleep then there are some simple things you can do to get a better night's sleep:
DEVELOP A ROUTINE
Developing a night time routine is key for getting a good nights sleep. You need to train yourself into getting ready for bed in a relaxed state of mind. Begin to wind down an hour or two before you are wanting to go to bed. You can do this by calming yourself. Avoid playing video games or doing anything that gets you feeling agitated. If a hot bath or shower makes you sleepy then take one before bed.
CUT THE CAFFEINE and ALCOHOL
Sometimes just eliminating all caffeine in four to five hours prior to bedtime helps relax people enough that they can fall sleep fast. Drinking alcoholic beverages can actually cause you to have a restless night so avoid alcohol.
MAKE YOUR BEDROOM A SANCTUARY
Having a nice clean bedroom will actually help you to sleep better. Going to bed with a big pile of laundry that needs to be put up or a pile of clothes which need to be ironed can prevent you from falling asleep. Make your bedroom as relaxing as possible. You should not read, watch tv, or do any sort of work from your bed.
GET SOME EXERCISE
Studies have shown that daily exercise can actually help you get a better nights sleep. Try to get 30 minutes of exercise every day. Exercising in the morning is a great way to get your day off to a good start.