How much sleep did you get last night?
Good sleep is essential in order to renew the body and revive the brain – but too much can be as harmful as too little. Having a lie-in can make the body and brain sluggish. Most people need between seven and nine hours, and we all need less sleep as we get older. However much you sleep, it’s the quality that’s important. exercising during the day helps rid the body of tension. Avoid eating a heavy evening meal and take time to start winding down a couple of hours before going to bed. A bath with a few drops of lavender essential oil or a drink of chamomile tea with a little honey in it will help you to drift off.
Listen to your own body to work out which levels of sleep suit you best.
The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) recently released new recommendations for appropriate sleep durations at different ages:
Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours each day
Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours each day
Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours each day
Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours per day
School-age children (6-13): 9-11 hours per day
Teenagers (14-17): 8-10 hours per day
Younger adults (18-25): 7-9 hours per day
Adults (26-64): 7-9 hours per day
Older adults (65+): 7-8 hours per day