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Sleeping well means getting enough sleep. How much sleep is enough varies among people.
The number of hours you sleep is not as important as how you feel when you wake up. If you do not feel refreshed, you probably need more sleep. Another sign of not getting enough sleep is feeling tired during the day.
The average total nightly sleep time is 7½ to 8 hours. Healthy adults may need a little more or a little less than this.
Getting enough quality sleep is a basic part of good health. When your sleep suffers, your mood and your thoughts can suffer too. You may find yourself feeling more grumpy or stressed. Not getting enough sleep also can lead to serious problems, including injury, anxiety, and depression.
Many things can cause sleep problems, including:
Here are some tips that may help you sleep more soundly and wake up feeling more refreshed.
Your sleeping area
Your evening and bedtime routine
What to avoid
If you can't sleep
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Current as of: May 28, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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