I love sleep and I know how important it is. So I do all I can to get enough of it. A full eight hours most nights. But why does it feel like it’s sometimes not enough?
I’ve had some concern about this over the months as I was feeling tired more than usual. And yes, I’ve been tested for thyroid levels, and those T3 and T4 that I’ve heard about. I’m good. I just want more sleep is all! I’m not having interrupted sleep. Well, not excessively so anyway. Just my cat who decides he needs to vocalize for about four minutes straight in the middle of the night. (What is that all about?) But other than that — and the occasional potty break I guess — I’m good. I sleep well.
So I took to the internet to see what could be up with me. I discovered if the average adult needs 7.5 – 8 hours of sleep, according to a WebMD article I read, then I guess I may just be on the longer end of that average. Some folks may need less. I decided to give myself a break and allow for 9 hours of sleep when I can. When I’m awake I usually function well. So I don’t think there is a serious issue here. And when I read how important it is to get good sleep for overall health, I decided I should be happy that I’m listening to my body and giving it what it needs.
Read more about the need for good sleep here: http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/adult-sleep-needs-and-habits.
And don’t deny yourself what your body may be craving in a nice long slumber!