If you’re like me, then you’ve spent countless years thinking “I need at least 8 hours of sleep every night” and being stressed and anxious on the nights when it wasn’t going to happen. Today, I want to challenge your position on sleep. Not the position in which you sleep, but your position on the number of hours you need each night.
This isn’t because I want you to be tired or dragging throughout the day, but because I think you may surprise yourself, kind of like I did.
A couple weeks ago my schedule was jam packed. It was one of those weeks where I couldn’t help but run from one thing to the other and the idea of more than 6 hours of sleep each night was mind boggling. How I felt through that week was interesting though…
I was energized throughout the day.
I woke up easily with or before my alarm in the morning.
I felt clear, focused and motivated.
Then an evening came when I had more time to sleep. I got right around 8 hours and woke up the next morning exhausted, sore, lazy and spent the day feeling like I needed an IV of coffee.
Since this first incident, I’ve continued to test this theory and here’s what I’ve learned:
- The National Sleep Foundation suggests 7-9 hours of sleep per night for adults 26-64 years old
- My diet determines how my body feels when I wake up in the morning (excessive sugar = SORE, tired and lazy)
- My sweet spot is 6-6 ½ hours each night, any less OR any more and it’s hard to get out of bed
- Diffusing lavender essential oils while I fall asleep is divine (Note: this is the diffuser I have but in black)
In my search to make myself feel like the best, I’m learning what works, what doesn’t and when something needs to change. I’ve talked to a few friends who have found similar things about themselves.
Now I’m not trying to take your sleep away from you, but rather present the idea that if something isn’t working for you right now, don’t discount that it could be sleep (and potentially in the least expected direction).
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Do you know your sleep sweet spot?
Could you be getting too much sleep?