How Much Sleep You Really Need Based On Your Age, According To Science

As it turns out, no one is getting enough sleep these days. We have too many things to do during the day and because we can never find the time to do it all, we stress and burn out which are all factors that keep us stuck in a dangerous cycle.

While sleep is vital and absolutely necessary for our function, 35% of the population state that they get less than the recommended minimum of 7 hours of sleep per night. We’re living in a lack of sleep epidemic that the Center for Disease Control has actually called a health epidemic. So how much sleep can you actually survive with?

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Insomnia Is The New Norm

We live in a fast pace society where before even making it through our current task we’re already thinking about the next. This go-go-go attitude prevents us from living in the moment and puts us in a state of constant anxiety that makes us develop harmful coping mechanisms and takes a toll on our sleeping habits.

man yawning and holding his had to his mouth
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About 40 percent of adults suffer from insomnia, according to the National Sleep Foundation. It’s becoming a norm that we think we just have to live with. However, we have the power to reprogram our minds and bodies to sleep better and live better if we prioritize the right number of hours of sleep that we need at our age.